US Open, Quarter-Final Preview for Tuesday: Caroline Wozniacki v Anastasija Sevastova

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In an all-unseeded last eight meeting, Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasija Sevastova will play each other on Tuesday for a place in the US Open semi-finals.

Wozniacki continued her resurgence this week with a second top ten win of the tournament over Madison Keys, 6-3 6-4. It was a superb performance from Wozniacki who not only moved and defended well but was also positive in her shotmaking, striking the backhand beautifully and stepping into the court when the opportunity arose. The Dane also served smart and maintained a good depth, forcing errors from Keys. The American missed so many returns in the first set and although she briefly got back into contention in the second set, she couldn’t sustain the consistency that was required to challenge a rock-solid, Wozniacki.

Sevastova is into her first Slam quarter-final with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Johanna Konta. This result really surprised me because Konta played a brilliant match in her last round against Belinda Bencic and she has been so consistent on hard courts. Credit to Sevastova who played a tactically smart match, mixing up the pace and forcing Konta into uncomfortable positions. The Brit also struggled on serve, winning less than half 50% of points behind her first serve. Sevastova began to wobble towards the end, as would be expected of anyone going for the biggest result of her career. The Latvian player just about kept it together!

Head-to-head record: In their only previous match, Wozniacki defeated Sevastova, 6-3 6-4 in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Interesting stat: Wozniacki and Sevastova’s only previous meeting also came in uncharted territory for Sevastova when she reached the last 16 of a Slam for the first time. Into a Slam quarter-final for the first time and it’s the Dane who awaits again…

Final thoughts: Wozniacki has been super impressive in her last three rounds; she is moving/defending so well, but also going for her shots, akin to the way she was playing in the second half of 2014. I think this is a sign that she’s finally fit and healthy again. The Dane seems to be thriving at her most successful Slam and has looked very comfortable on Arthur Ashe Stadium so far this week.

Sevastova has also had a great week and kudos to her for backing up the second round upset of Muguruza. Her variety has been inspired this tournament but there will be a question mark as to whether she has what it takes mentally to overcome the defences of Wozniacki. Experience at this stage of a Slam may also be a factor in this match.

Going for Wozniacki in straights…

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12 thoughts on “US Open, Quarter-Final Preview for Tuesday: Caroline Wozniacki v Anastasija Sevastova

  1. Keys played horrible and was over hitting 75 miles per hour serves. Keys didn’t adjusted her game, seems she only knows how to play one way. Well Caroline did well in this quarter of an easy draw. Most of the good players were in the top half of the draw. Serena, Venus and Halep had tough draws. The top half have great matches line up for the round of 16, quarters and final. The bottom half only has one good match Kerber VS Petra.

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    • Her exploits from the earlier half of the year may be catching up mentally with her, but I was also disappointed she wasn’t calibrating her shots effectively. So far she’s done that best in Rome an on clay of all surfaces. Keys will always be Keys, I guess, but she has taken some steps forward.

      Let’s hope Kerber and Petra live up to the hype, you can never tell with these matches. As for Caroline she’ll have to be dogged in her next encounter, opportunities only favour the prepared mind no matter how easy it may look on paper.

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      • It shouldn’t be surprising that clay has turned out to be Keys best surface. She has more time to set up for her strikes on clay. Just look at Wawrinka, who also performs best on slow courts

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      • And Sharapova too? I don’t think Madison will ever say clay is her favourite surface haha but she certainly seemed to be coming around to the idea that she can do well on clay.

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    • as always when a power hitter loses people say that she played badly without any credit to the opponent, Wozniacki played very well and exposed Keys’s lack of consistency and her one-note game. Keys played the same way as always it’s just that she was up against a good Wozniacki, I am sorry but I have not seen Keys beat any good players consistently and without that she is not going to advance to later stages of grand slams.
      Keys has matured a lot this year but is she there yet? not at all.

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      • +1 to this… I thought Wozniacki played a superb match.

        I’m a little more pro-Keys. She’s been picking up a ton of wins this year and has been pretty consistent at reaching the latter stages of tournaments. She just hasn’t been able to perform to the best of her ability in the really big matches this year. She spoke of nerves against Woz which was interesting. She’s definitely being treated as the real deal and deservedly so in my opinion.

        Still a long way to go but I think she has made progress this year.

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  2. Just pleasantly happy with the manner by which Caroline is acquitting herself here. But, the second week is here( fun and games ends) and it all gets crunchy now. As long as Caroline maintains her form I believe she wins. It will likely be tight wins.
    Sevastova is playing well and I hope Caroline will be patient with herself to unlock Sevastova’s tactfulness. Impressed by both girls performances so far, especially her win over Konta. She wobbled against Muguruza as well getting to the end, but it seems her game is effective against baseline hitters. Caroline is not really a baseline hitter and this might serve her well. It will indeed be a mental fight!

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  3. Sev was having a mild mental breakdown on match points today. She will not have the nerves to finish off the consistency of Caroline on Tuesday. This is the worst possible match up for Sev, a player that is very steady in all aspects and will NOT beat herself. Caroline will move on.

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  4. Sevastova has a pretty good game to watch, I remember when she started making waves back in 2010/11 before an endless amount of injury forced her to retire. Wozniacki has been in the form of her life at this event, but there’s always the chance she could get complacent or comfortable and it’s usually against a lesser threat like Sevastova who is able to keep an opponent off rhythm.

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  5. I think Sevastova may cause problems for Wozniacki. She has to come out swinging. Nobody thought Konta would get beat by Sev and now u would be led to believe Woz is on form and will win .. But on the day any thing can happen especially in grand slams. If Sev plays with no pressure she will be a handful.

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