TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Iga Swiatek (7) meets Jamie Loeb in the First Round on Tuesday August 31st, 2021.
Iga Swiatek is one of the best players on the WTA Tour and is considered by many to have an outside chance of winning the title here at the 2021 US Open. However, she has been in unusually poor form since the start of the summer, and will desperately be seeking to turn that around here. She will face American Qualifier Jamie Loeb in the First Round here in a match that looks relatively easy on paper. This should be just the match that the Polish star needs to kick-start her season, however it is not always as easy as it seems. Can the American cause the massive upset over the seventh seed here in New York?
Iga Swiatek is ranked #8 in the WTA world rankings and is the seventh seed here at the 2021 US Open. The Polish superstar is best known for her surprise run to the Roland Garros title as a teenager, and has since established herself as a top 10 player. Despite all her accolades she has been having a rough year thus far, winning some titles early on but losing early in major events like the Olympics and Cincinnati. It was the loss in Cincinnati that was particularly concerning, as she was hammered in straight sets by Ons Jabeur, and hardly put up much resistance. Despite this, she is a top tier player whose talent should not be discounted and she enters this match against American Qualifier Jamie Loeb as the huge favorite to advance here and this match will hopefully help her get groove back as she seeks to go on a deep run here in New York.
Jamie Loeb is currently ranked #194 on the WTA Tour and entered this event by making it through the Qualifying Rounds. The big-hitting American has never won a main draw match at a Grand Slam and has only ever qualified once before, so she is not expected to pose much of a threat to the Polish star. However, this is as good time as any to face her opponent Iga Swiatek, as she has been struggling lately and if there was ever a chance at an upset this is it. She looked in good nick during the Qualifying Event, upsetting three higher-ranked opponents in a row. Make no mistake, she is the massive underdog here and even she likely doesn’t think that she has much of a chance here at the 2021 US Open.
This is the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, and it is a very easy match to predict. There will only be one outcome, and that will be a comprehensive win for the seventh seeded Iga Swiatek. She is a much better player than her opponent Jamie Loeb and the American is likely to be totally outplayed. Loeb has looked impressive so far but this is an entirely different level that she is up against here, and I expect Swiatek to cruise to victory, boosting her confidence as she seeks to go on a deep run here at the 2021 US Open.
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