By Jake Davies

  • Petra Kvitova [13] vs Garbiñe Muguruza [3]
  • Julia Goerges [30] vs Sloane Stephens
  • Sam Querrey [17] vs Mischa Zverev [23]
NEW YORK, USA – Two Wimbledon champions go head to head, and the American dream lives on as we size up Day Seven at the US Open.

 

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Petra Kvitova [13] vs Garbiñe Muguruza H2H: Kvitova leads 2-1

Petra Kvitova US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York

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Petra Kvitova US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York

The highly-anticipated match between two of tennis’ biggest ball-strikers will take place on Day Seven of the US Open as two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova takes to the court against newly-crowned Wimbledon winner Garbiñe Muguruza.

This matchup nearly happened at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, but now we will see which of the two Grand Slam winners will come out on top. Muguruza is the favourite for the US Open title, because of her recent conquests and relentless form during the first three rounds of the tournament, but Kvitova has the ability to blast through any opponent on a fast playing hardcourt, which makes this matchup a very hard one to predict. Muguruza may just get over the line because of the way she has embraced life as a two-time slam winner.

Prediction: Muguruza in three sets

 

Julia Goerges [30] vs Sloane Stephens H2H: Stephens leads 4-1

Sloane Stephens, Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati 2017

Photo by TANNEN MAURY/EPA/REX/Shutterstock | Sloane Stephens, Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati 2017

Julia Goerges is playing the best tennis she has played since the Stuttgart title win in 2011, while Sloane Stephens, who is returning from a long-term injury, is one of the most in-form players also. Both are doing the right things in terms of their approach to their matches during the hardcourt swing and both will fancy their chances of making a real impression on the bigger names as the draw unfolds in the days that lie ahead.

The fresh ideas, philosophy and advice from Goerges’ relatively new coaching setup is something that has benefited her greatly. She believes in the input she is being given and truly believes that that rare WTA title will come with the hard work she is putting in.

Stephens carries a 4-1 head-to-head lead and she is dangerous because of the fact she is swinging freely during her comeback. She has no points to defend, no stress, no real expectation at this point and it shows with the quality of her hitting since returning.

Prediction: Stephens in three sets.

 

Sam Querrey [17] vs Mischa Zverev [23] H2H: First meeting

The big match on the bottom half of the Men’s draw features the highest-ranked remaining American Sam Querrey and Mischa Zverev. We were just one match away from an all-American clash with Querrey and  John Isner, but those chances were scuppered with a phenomenal display of serve and volley tennis from Zverev.

US tennis fans have waited a long time for a new major winner in the men’s field and Querrey is one of the most likely to advance to a first ever Grand Slam final in that wide open half of the draw. The reason for the hype and excitement regarding Querrey is justified. He has won two ATP titles this year and made a sensational run at Wimbledon to his first semi-final at a slam and looks set to be one of the names at the showdown of the World Tour Finals.

Zverev won’t go down without a fight though. He brings a refreshing, exciting style of game where he spends the majority of his time in and around the net. Against Isner he spent just 9% of the points at the baseline and that is because of his exceptional array of volleying shots at the net. Zverev is one of the rare modern successes of volley tennis in recent years.

Prediction: Querrey in four sets.

Play continues on Day Seven of the US Open at 11am (4pm BST).

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