TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Ashleigh Barty takes on Clara Tauson in the Round of 64 on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.
Will Clara Tauson get the biggest win of her career as she aims to get herself into the Round of 32 at the 2021 US Open? Will Ashleigh Barty continue to dominate as she aims to continue building momentum and get closer to a 3rd Grand Slam title? Both players have great attributes, but only one will make their way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Clara Tauson absolutely dominated in her opening match against the unknown Clara Bursi, beating the Frenchwoman in straight sets 7-5/6-0. Clara Tauson showed some great composure throughout that match, converting 50% of break points and ensuring she really went for it on Bursi’s second serve. Clara Tauson is also a relatively unknown player with a game which is mainly revolving around being good at all aspects of her game but not great in any specific area. Will the Norwegian be able to shock the world and knock out the World No.1 and title favourite, Ashleigh Barty, here at the 2021 US Open?
Ashleigh Barty also cruised through her opening round match, beating the experienced and once-highly-ranked, Vera Zvonareva, in straight sets 6-1/7-6. Ashleigh was great on her first serve, winning 81% of points when it went in as she would get in the baseline and play aggressive tennis. Ashleigh is definitely the best player at the moment on the WTA Tour and she will come out here in all of her matches at the US Open knowing that the success she’s had all year will put her at the title favourite. However, she cannot take someone like Clara Tauson for granted in this Round of 64 match.
Ashleigh Barty and Clara Tauson have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Clara Tauson is relatively new to the scene, but she has been in great form already, winning a WTA singles title already at the age of 18. Clara will definitely have a bright future on the WTA Tour and she is already making a name for herself ranked 78th at 18 years old. However, she is meeting the most in form WTA Tour player of the last couple of years in Ashleigh Barty and she will see what is the difference in level from 78 to 1st in the world. I expect a relatively straight forward victory for the Aussie as she makes her way into the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open.
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