TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Maria Sakkari takes on Katerina Siniakova in the Round of 64 on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.
Will Katerina Siniakova get a big win against one of the toughest and most determined players out there in the WTA Tour? Will Maria Sakkari continue to build momentum and show us that she should be feared even though she is not in the top 10 in the world? Both players can come through this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Katerina Siniakova beat the always tough Anastasia Sevastova in the opening round, beating her in straight sets 7-6/6-3. The match was very tight in the first set, with both players having chances to win it. However, Siniakova came in cluth and won 8-6 in the tiebreak. As is often the case when a very closely challenged tiebreak is lost, Sevastova lost her way a bit and Katerina Siniakova took full advantage in getting ahead and getting the win. Katerina will be very happy with this performance, but she’ll know that she is going to have a tough time ahead as she meets the powerful Maria Sakkari here at the 2021 US Open.
Maria Sakkari beat the up and coming Marta Kostyuk with relative ease in the opening round, beating the Ukrainian in straight sets 6-4/6-3. Maria was not at her best on her second serve, only winning 45% of points, but she will know that this will start to increase with the more matches she playes here at the 2021 US Open. Maria knows she can definitely go far here in New York, especially because she has beaten big names in similar conditions before. However, she cannot take for granted the underrated Katerina Siniakova.
Maria Sakkari and Katerina Siniakova have met 3 times before, with Katerina Siniakova leading the head to head 2-1. They met in 2019 the last time, with Siniakova winning in 3 tight sets. However, since 2019, Maria Sakkari has made leaps and bounds in her game, now being a Grand Slam Semi-Finalist and consistent on all surfaces. Katerina is still a good player, but not as good as she used to be in my opinion. Because of this head to head I still expect a tight match, but at the end of the day, the increased confidence in Sakkari due to her success will give her more belief in going after her amazing powerful shots as she makes her way to the Round of 32 of the 2021 US Open.
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