US Open 2021: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Alison Riske Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Alison Riske Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (14) meets Alison Riske in the First Round on Tuesday August 31st, 2021.

A tough and entertaining battle is expected here as Russian fourteenth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alison Riske of the USA do battle for a place in the Second Round of the 2021 US Open. This match should be closer than the rankings suggest as the Russian has the advantage in that department, but Riske leads the head to head, including on outdoor hard courts. I am expecting a very close encounter, who will win and advance here in New York?

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is the fourteenth seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #15 in the WTA world rankings. The highly experienced Russian has had a very mixed year, most notably stunning the tennis world by reaching her maiden Grand Slam Final at the French Open. Since then however she has been disappointing, reaching the Second Round in Montreal in the warm-up for this event, and actually has a losing record on this surface dating back to 2017. While she has had struggles recently, so has her opponent Alison Riske, and Pavlyuchenkova will be confident that she can get the tough win here despite her recent form.

Alison Riske is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #35 on the WTA Tour. She has been having an extremely poor season and has only won four matches in total out of ten tournaments that she has played. She is a much better player than her form suggests, but she clearly is struggling with her confidence and while she has a winnable match here against 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova it will be extremely tough. The American will have the entire support of the home crowd, but it is hard to have any confidence in her given her recent performances. I do think that she has enough quality to make it interesting but getting over the line might be a tough ask.

This will be the sixth meeting between the two players , with Alison Riske leading the head to head series 3-2. They have not played in four years however, so those results shouldn’t matter too much here. I am expecting a sloppy match here between two players that are clearly not in form, and lacking confidence. However, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is the stronger player of the two and should have the upper hand here. It won’t be easy, especially with the crowd behind her but I am backing the Russian to get the tough win here, advancing to the Second Round of he 2021 US Open.

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