TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Karolina Muchova (22) faces Sara Sorribes Tormo in the First Round on Tuesday August 31st, 2021.
A thrilling battle is expected between two very good players as Karolina Muchova meets Sara Sorribes Tormo for a spot in the Second Round here at the 2021 US Open. Both women have been outstanding this year and this match really has the feel of one in the later rounds. The Spaniard has been in great form lately while Muchova has performed well in the big events this year, who will get the win and advance here in New York?
Karolina Muchova is seeded 22nd here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #24 on the WTA Tour. The Czech star has been fantastic at the big events this year, reaching the Semi-Finals at the Australian Open and the Quarters at Wimbledon. She defeated Ashleigh Barty in Melbourne and really has shown that she steps up when it matters most at the majors and bigger events. She had been in good form lately, upsetting Bianca Andreescu in Cincinnati before having to withdraw from her next match. We are unsure of her fitness status at the moment but have to assume that she has recovered, and if so she should be considered the favorite here against her opponent Sara Sorribes Tormo, who has been having an outstanding season in her own right.
Sara Sorribes Tormo is ranked #41 on the WTA Tour and is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open. The Spaniard has been having a breakthrough season in 2021, winning her maiden title in Guadalajara and reaching the Quarters in two WTA-1000 events. She has been disappointing at the majors however, and will be looking to break that trend despite being handed a very tough draw here against her opponent Karolina Muchova. The Spaniard enters New York in good form reaching the Quarters in Cincinnati and the Semis in Cleveland. While she is the underdog here against Muchova she will be backing herself to win here and comes to Flushing Meadows full of confidence after the year that she’s had.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, with Sorribes Tormo leading the head to head 1-0. That was five years ago however, and should have very little bearing on this match here at the 2021 US Open. I am expecting a very close battle with three sets almost a given. Both players are ferocious competitors that are in good form at the moment, with the only question mark being Muchova’s injury. After considering everything, it is hard to look past Karolina Muchova here. She has greatly matured as a player and has a history of stepping up when it matters most at the big tournaments. Sara Sorribes Tormo has traditionally struggled at the majors and I unfortunately see that continuing. Muchova should win this in two close sets, possibly three, advancing to the Second Round of the 2021 US Open.
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