US Open Day 4 Women’s Predictions Including Ashleigh Barty vs Clara Tauson

Ashleigh Barty in action ahead of the WTA Charleston Open.

Day 4 of the US Open will see the second half of the second round. 16 women’s matches will determine Saturday’s third-round participants. Who do you think will move on? As always, our writers share their thoughts on all of the matches. In addition to this article, we split the other matches between three other articles. One features Bianca Andreescu vs Lauren Davis, the second highlights Karolina Pliskova vs Amanda Anisimova, and the third features Petra Kvitova vs Kristyna Pliskova. Predicting these matches are Fraser Learmonth, Damian Kust, and Andrew Watson.

US Open Day 4 Women’s Predictions

Anett Kontaveit vs Jil Teichmann

Fraser:
This should be a fun match to watch. Both Kontaveit and Teichmann are aggressive ball strikers who enjoy playing on the front foot. Both are also in pretty good form this year and will be confident of a good campaign in New York. Kontaveit has a better serve and should be able to get over the line if it holds up. This should be tight, but the Estonian will likely edge it in a decider.
Prediction: Kontaveit in 3

Damian:
Kontaveit won in Cleveland and we know titles the week before a Slam can be double-edged swords. The Cincinnati runner-up is just as high on confidence at the moment and likely a lot fresher.
Prediction: Teichmann in 3

Andrew:
Two in-form players here and I expect a high quality encounter. However, my favourite here is the Estonian. She has, by a margin, the better hold/break numbers on hard court and carrying the recent form as well. There’s no doubting Teichmann’s form either but Kontaveit also won in their previous meeting in “Cincinnati,” which was actually held here a year ago so that’s a pretty solid yardstick.
Prediction: Kontaveit in 3

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Katerina Siniakova vs Maria Sakkari

Fraser:
Siniakova did well to outlast Sevastova in her first match at Flushing Meadows. However, she now faces one of the better players on the WTA tour this year in Maria Sakkari. The powerhouse Greek has taken her game to another level this year and is certainly an outside contender to win the tournament. She has more than enough to blast her way past Siniakova here and should do exactly that.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2

Damian:
Basically all of Sakkari’s 2021 losses have been to elite opposition. Her straight-set dismissal of Kostyuk in the opening round was so impressive that she might be eyeing a deep run here again.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2

Andrew:
Another high quality match here. Siniakova was producing some of the best hard court form I have seen from here in Cleveland last week but Sakkari is always a tough nut to crack. Siniakova has been the nutcracker in their last two meetings though, including a hard court victory at the Australian Open. I think the Greek has moved on since then though and she has the edge on the numbers too. I think she will be too solid for the Czech in this match.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3

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Greet Minnen vs Liudmilla Samsonova

Fraser:
Samsonova is having a career year in 2021. She lifted her first WTA title and now sits firmly inside the top 100 in the women’s game. She has great power off both wings and this level of play from her is perhaps a bit overdue. Nonetheless, she is there now and should be able to get past Minnen here if she continues at the level she’s been playing at over the last couple of months
Prediction: Samsonova in 3

Damian:
Minnen has been playing very well this year, but this match is purely on Samsonova’s racket. Her booming hit or miss game has much more of the former recently.
Prediction: Samsonova in 2

Andrew:
The Belgian has probably had the best Slam year of her career now she has reached the second round here. She is the queen of qualifying as well, having done so for seven Grand Slams in a row now. Samsonova, though, is a higher calibre of fast court player than Nadia Podoroska and might be a bridge too far for Minnen with her extra power.
Prediction: Samsonova in 2

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Ashleigh Barty vs Clara Tauson

Fraser:
Barty looked imperious in her first match of the tournament. The Aussie is in incredible form this year and is undoubtedly the player to beat in New York. Whether anyone can actually beat her is another question entirely. Every asset of her game is firing perfectly at the moment and youngster Clara Tauson simply isn’t ready to handle the kind of tennis Barty can play at the moment.
Prediction: Barty in 2

Damian:
A battle of the World No. 1 and the future World No. 1? Who knows, but Tauson probably isn’t quite there yet. Barty’s been stellar throughout the year and seems to be in fantastic shape at the moment.
Prediction: Barty in 2

Andrew:
Whilst I think that Tauson will eventually be challenging at the top of the game this might come a bit early for her. She has confidence after her recent win in Chicago but Barty is the best in the world at the moment and you would expect her to stretch the Dane’s movement to breaking point.
Prediction: Barty in 2

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