TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Paula Badosa (24) faces Alison Van Uytvanck in the First Round on Tuesday August 31st, 2021.
Can Paula Badosa continue her fine form this season with a deep run here at the 2021 US Open? The Spaniard has truly announced herself as one of the most promising stars on the WTA Tour with some solid results and will hope to keep it going. She will first meet the unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, a tough competitor who will surely not make it easy for her here. Who will get the win and advance to the Second Round?
Paula Badosa has been enjoying a breakout season this year and has turned heads with her strong performances. The 23 year old Spaniard is currently at a career-high #26 ranking on the WTA Tour and is the 24th seed here at the 2021 US Open. Most of her success has come on clay this season where she compiled an outstanding 17-3 record, winning the title in Belgrade and reaching the Quarters at Roland Garros. She is no slouch on the harder courts however, reaching the Quarter-Finals in Cincinnati and at the Olympics. She had some major wins in those tournaments including against Sabalenka and Swiatek, proving her quality. Badosa had to retire from Cincinnati with an injury, so it remains to be seen how healthy she is, but if she is at 100% she is the big favorite here to advance over Alison Van Uytvanck.
Alison Van Uytvanck is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #61 on the WTA Tour. The Belgian has had a very poor season this year, only having two results of note with a Round of 16 performance at the Olympics and Quarter-Finals in Nottingham. Making things worse for her is the fact that she has won only one match here at the US Open in seven attempts. She has not been at her best for quite some time, since she reached her career-high ranking of #37 in the world and has struggled to string wins together. She is a tough competitor but is a level below her opponent Paula Badosa here and is likely to struggle.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, with Alison Van Uytvanck leading the head to head series 1-0. She won in 2019 in Karlsruhe, in two very close tiebreakers. However, I am expecting a much different result this time around, as Paula Badosa has improved significantly as a player since then. The Spaniard has been outstanding this season and even though this is not her preferred surface, she should have way too much quality for her opponent here. This match should result in a comfortable straight sets win for the young Spaniard who will advance to the Second Round here at the 2021 US Open without many issues.
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