• Katie Boulter [Q] v Liudmila Samsonova
  • H2H: First Meeting
NEW YORK, USA – Katie Boulter makes the first round of the US Open for the first time, and faces Liudmila Samsonova in her opener.

 

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Katie Boulter [Q] v Liudmila Samsonova | H2H: First Meeting

It was third time the charm for Katie Boulter as she came through qualification and into the main draw for the first time. She faces Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova.

 

H2H & Match Fundamentals

Katie Boulter [Q] v Liudmila Samsonova H2H: First Meeting
US Open New York, USA
Hard (O) Prize Money: $75,000
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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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H2H: Katie Boulter (WR 190) Liudmila Samsonova (WR 52)
Tournament Previous Best Qualification (2017-18) R1 (2020)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 31.9 36
Return Points Won % 40.6 42.2
Break Point Conversion % 50 44.7
Break Points Saved % 52.8 56.6
Total Points Won % 48.6 51.2

Their stats are quite close, and Samsonova has had to put in some hours to work her way up in the big hard-court tournaments.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

This is going to be a game of booming serves, groundstrokes, and aggressive play. Samsonova has been just a little more consistent over the year, although Boulter could be just a little sharper on the New York courts having come through a couple of tough rounds of qualifying.

Prediction: Boulter in three sets.

 

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