TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Maria Sakkari takes on Marta Kostyuk in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Will Marta Kostyuk be able to get another early round upset at a Grand Slam as she aims to continue making a name for herself? Will Maria Sakkari continue to shine in 2021 as she aims to make if far in another Grand Slam? Both players can put on a very solid performance in this opening match, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Marta Kostyuk has been making somewhat of a name for herself in 2021, beating the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Kiki Bertens in her last 2 Grand Slams, but she will know that there is still more to be shown by herself. Marta is only 19 years old and she is ranked just outside of the top 50 in the world, and we know she has a great chance of making it much higher up the rankings, especially with the fact she has been showing strong performances this year. However, Marta Kostyuk will have to be even more aggressive in her baseline game now that she meets the very in form Maria Sakkari here at the 2021 US Open.
Maria Sakkari has been having a great 2021 season, reaching the Semi-Finals of the French Open and she will enter the 2021 US Open knowing she can definitely go far, especially because she has beaten the likes of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka in these similar conditions over the last year. Maria is a great player, very aggressive from the baseline, and she is not afraid of taking the ball early to dictate play. Maria will come out here at the 2021 US Open knowing that this is going to be her time to shine and she will not want to let a newbie like Marta Kostyuk stand in her way.
Maria Sakkari and Marta Kostyuk have never met before, with this being their first meeting. I do expect a very entertaining encounter here because Maria has been somewhat up and down in terms of form over the last month, and Marta will come into this match knowing she has nothing to lose and she will give it her best. Although Marta will be playing freely, the level of Maria Sakkari at Grand Slams this year is much better than what Marta has to offer currently. It will be a scrappy match at moments as the players aim to find their rhythm, but at the end of the day Maria Sakkari will make her way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open.
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