The Silicon Valley Classic (WTA San Jose) is one of the highlights of the US Open Series as WTA players sharpen their hard court form ahead of the US Open. Here is your look at all the day 1 action, we also have predictions for matches featuring Ana Konjuh and Petra Martic.
Alison Riske vs Coco Vandeweghe
Riske has struggled mightily with her fitness this season and is just 8-15 over the last two seasons. She hasn’t been able to play many matches this season due to injuries and has struggled in those matches, including a first round exit at the Tokyo Olympics. Vandeweghe, a former top 10 player, reached the semis in Birmingham but has also been struggling on the WTA Tour after dealing with her own injuries. It’s hard to say who will prevail in this matchup, Vandeweghe does lead the h2h 7-4 though including the last three matches. Thus I’ll give Vandeweghe a small edge. Vandeweghe in 2
Emma Raducanu vs Shuai Zhang
Zhang has put together some respectable results recently, including the semis in Palermo and the finals in Nottingham, Emma Raducanu gets a wild card after her great run at Wimbledon where she reached the second week and caught the attention of both Britain and tennis fans worldwide. The teenager is playing in her first ever WTA main draw match, Zhang looks to have the upper hand given her experience and form, though Raducanu has plenty of potential. Zhang in 2
Caroline Garcia vs Emina Bektas
A semifinal in Lausanne and a quarterfinal in Parma are two strong recent results for Garcia who is 16-15 on the season. The French player has struggled for consistency and accordingly is well off her past top 5 ranking. Bektas qualified and was an NCAA player at the University of Michigan. She’s never passed the top 200 and normally plays on the ITF circuit. Garcia should find this match routine. Garcia in 2