Week one at the 2019 US Open is in the books. It was a day of straight setters but there were some great stories and moments including the final match of the day between Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff. Here’s hoping for some crackers as we move into the second week in New York. This post covers the highlights from day 6 of the US Open. Enjoy!
Match reviews 🎾
Elise Mertens d. Andrea Petkovic, 6-3 6-3
Dropping just 14 games through three matches, Elise Mertens is quietly soaring through this US Open draw. Mertens produced an all-round complete display to beat Andrea Petkovic in straight sets. Mertens did everything well – serve, movement, taking the ball on and being aggressive in the important moments. This match had a dramatic ending. On back-to-back points, Petkovic hit a smashing passing shot winner (on the point of the day) and then went over on her ankle. Mertens sealed the win on her first match point match. Hopefully Petkovic is OK! As we move into the second week, Mertens is one to watch…
Bianca Andreescu d. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4 6-4
While Bianca Andreescu was the favourite to win this match and has been tipped as one of the title contenders, this result was still a landmark occasion in her career as she has reached the last 16 of a Slam for the first time! Andreescu looked to be on her way in the second set but lost her focus for a time. Andreescu finished off the match in style with a sensational service game to record the exact same scoreline as her win over Wozniacki in Auckland earlier this year.
There were moments of magic from Andreescu and she showcased her full repertoire of shots. It’s so impressive at such a young age that she has a nack of finding the right shot at the right time. I thought this was a solid showing from Wozniacki and hopefully she can stay healthy for Asia. Next up for Andreescu is Taylor Townsend which could be an absolute cracker!
Julia Goerges d. Kiki Bertens, 6-2 6-3
Julia Goerges is into the second week of a Slam for the first time this year as she produced a powerful display to beat good friend, Kiki Bertens. Goerges served much better and did more with the ball against an out-of-sorts, Bertens. I hope everything is OK with Kiki who looked mega frustrated as she landed just 39% of first serves in and made so many basic errors. My feeling is that Bertens is physically and mentally burnt out from a longgg year but i’m just speculating. Nice to see Goerges having a deep run after a difficult injury-riddled season.
Naomi Osaka d. Coco Gauff, 6-3 6-0
The final women’s match of the day was one of the most anticipated of the tournament so far and produced a special moment between the pair at the end of the match as they both did the post-match interview. Naomi Osaka produced her sharpest display of the week to defeat Coco Gauff in straights. It was an entertaining match and much more enjoyable than the scoreline may suggest with an electric start from both. In the end, Osaka served better and outpowered Gauff in the majority of baseline rallies. Osaka was timing the ball beautifully for the most part.
Gauff returned well but was vulnerable on her own serve as she produced seven double faults. I felt she went toe-to-toe with Osaka too often and didn’t chuck enough variety in. There were sprinklings of brilliance from Gauff who managed to draw Osaka into the net on occasion. All in all, another remarkable tournament for the 15-year-old, Gauff.
Stat watch 🔢
Taylor Townsend followed up her 106 net approaches against Simona Halep with another 75 against Sorana Cirstea on Saturday! While she was only successful on 47 occasions, the tactic worked as she reached the last 16 of a Slam for the first time in her career.
Point of the day 👏
The point from Petko-Mertens mentioned above… great stuff!
Handshakes and hugs 🤗
A special moment at the end of the match between Osaka and Gauff.
Recommended media 📺
Osaka invited Gauff to do the post-match interview with her. All the videos are linked below from the US Open account. This was a special moment!!!
Recommended reading 📚
Get to know Kristie Ahn in the pair of articles linked below. Ahn held her nerve impeccably to serve out another big win, this time over Jelena Ostapenko, to reach the second week of a Slam. Ahn’s joy was infectious to watch and it was another great story for day 6.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
Second week starts on Sunday! Pliskova-Konta and Svitolina-Keys seem like 50-50 matches. Who you got?