TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Belinda Bencic takes on Arantxa Rus in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Will Arantxa Rus get one of the biggest wins of her career against one of the most in form players over the last months? Will Belinda Bencic come out here and show us the amazing tennis which she showed us in Tokyo which won her the Gold medal? Both players can put on a great performance and I expect an entertaining match, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Arantxa Rus has been in great form recently, winning two ITF titles in 2 weeks this month. However, these matches were ITF tournaments where the level of opponents was much lower than what she is used to playing on the WTA Tour. Rus did not meet any mainstays on the WTA Tour in those tournaments, so it was really just an easy ride to win some titles and she will know that she will have a much tougher challenge now that she meets the very in form and determined Belinda Bencic here at the beginning of the 2021 US Open.
Belinda Bencic has been in great form over the last month or so, winning the Gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Singles and then getting some good matches under her belt in Cincinnati as she aimed to get warmed up before the US Open. Belinda is finally showing us the level we all know she can play at and she can definitely continue to shine in these conditions as she aims to reach her peak. I do expect for there to be some areas of improvement for the Swiss, mainly on her serve, but she will have a great chance of going far here at the 2021 US Open as she aims to beat Arantxa Rus in the opening round.
Belinda Bencic and Arantxa Rus have met 2 times before, with Belinda Bencic leading the head to head 2-0. Rus has never won a set against Belinda, and this was when Belinda was younger and still figuring out her best game. Over the last month, Belinda has won Gold at the Olympics, whilst Rus has been winning very low level ITF tournaments. There is a clear difference in level here and I expect for Belinda to come out here and show her what real competition looks like as she dominated her way into the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open.
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