By Jake Davies

  • Petra Kvitova [13] vs Caroline Garcia [18]
  • Borna Coric vs Kevin Anderson
  • Maria Sakkari vs Venus Williams [9]
NEW YORK, USA – Champions and new talent light up our US Open Day Five Three-to-see.

 

Petra Kvitova [13] vs Caroline Garcia [18] H2H: Tied at 2-2

Flushing Meadows is a place that Petra Kvitova has not always played her top tennis at, but she has looked incredibly good so far at the 2017 version of the event. She dropped just three games against Alizé Cornet and now faces Caroline Garcia, who is now a Top 20 player in singles, having stopped playing doubles in order to focus on her singles career. The Frenchwoman had won 34 matches in a row in matches where she had won the first set, before losing to Elena Vesnina from a set up in Cincinnati, while Kvitova last lost a match from a set lead in Tokyo of last year, so the first set is vitally important in this one.

Both players can have their moments of totalling a high amount of unforced errors, so it really is about which player can manage that part of their game and execute a near-perfect match to make the second week.

Prediction: Garcia in three sets

 

Borna Coric vs Kevin Anderson H2H: Anderson leads 2-0

Borna Coric US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Photo by Ella Ling/REX/Shutterstock | Borna Coric US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Heading into the fourth Grand Slam of the year, Alexander Zverev was the major talking point out of the crop of next generation of players. He was the No.4 seed and had just won Montreal, but Croatia’s Borna Coric reminded the watching audience that he has lots to prove at tennis’ highest level. The World No.61 does not have the biggest game. He lacks a serious weapon that can break through his opponent’s defence from the baseline, but what he lacks in power, he makes up for with unrivalled persistence and commitment to each point and works his socks off each and every match.

The win against Zverev in the second round was so impressive and he has given himself a great opportunity of making a Grand Slam second week at a major he had previously won as a junior in 2013. His third round foe is Kevin Anderson. The South African will be in control of the majority of the points and has the ability to give Coric no say in proceedings, because of the power of his first serve and how he can dictate with the next forehand shot that follows. I believe that the big-serving South African will find a way to win.

Prediction: Anderson in five sets

 

Maria Sakkari vs Venus Williams [9] H2H: Venus Williams leads 1-0

Venus Williams US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock | Venus Williams US Open 2017, Flushing Meadows, New York

One of the matches that might surprise a few is the third-round match set up between Greece’s Maria Sakkari and Venus Williams. These two played in the second round of Wimbledon last year and Sakkari put up a great fight and really made the five-time Wimbledon champion compete hard for her deserved victory.

Sakkari’s attitude and perspective towards tennis is something that will take her far in comparison to some players that have the talent but lack the drive to compete. Greece’s No.1 really does love the competitive side of the world of tennis, which makes her one to watch in the future of world tennis. She has just started working with former ATP World No,7 Thomas Johansson and she has already talked about how her game has progressed gradually since they started discussing how to take her game to the next level.

Williams should have the edge, but expect Sakkari to leave a lasting impression on the American crowd.

Prediction: Venus Williams in three sets

Main Image: Rob Prange/REX/Shutterstock 

Play begins on Day Five of the US Open 2017 at 11am (5pm BST).

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