TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Garbine Muguruza (9) meets Victoria Azarenka (18) in the Third Round on Friday September 3rd, 2021.
What a battle we have in store for us here at the 2021 US Open as Garbine Muguruza will play Victoria Azarenka. Both women are former world number ones and multiple Grand Slam winners, so tennis fans are in for a huge treat. It is not often that players with their pedigrees meet so early in a slam, and only one can advance here. Will it be the ninth seeded Spaniard? Or will the Belarusian get the win in her quest to better her run to the Final here in 2020?
Garbine Muguruza is the 9th seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #10 on the WTA Tour. The Spanish star had a very strong start to the season, winning a title in Dubai and reaching two Finals. However she saw her form desert her after that, and has been largely disappointing since. She only won one match during the US Open series and will be desperate for a strong showing here at the US Open to get her season back on track. She has started solidly so far here in New York with straight sets wins over Andrea Petkovic and Donna Vekic but she is not yet at the level required to compete for the title. Her next opponent Victoria Azarenka will be her toughest test yet and she will have to be at her absolute best if she is to get the win here.
Victoria Azarenka is seeded #18th here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #19 in the world. The Belarusian is a former world number one and is one of the most experienced players on the WTA Tour. She reached the Final here last year, losing to Naomi Osaka and will be seeking to replicate that feat this year. Like her opponent Garbine Muguruza she has largely been disappointing this season, but found some form at the right time in Montreal, where she reached the Quarters. Straight sets wins over Jessica Paolini and Tereza Martincova will have inspired confidence but she will have to be much improved if she is to get the victory over her Spanish opponent who is equally as experienced as she is.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour with the head to head being tied 2-2. The two former world number ones and Grand Slam champions are similar players, and rely on their clean ball striking and strong mental fortitude to get them through matches. This will be an extremely entertaining match and could be the best so far here at the 2021 US Open. I am expecting a very close match, and one that likely will go the distance. I am backing Victoria Azarenka to get the win here as she seems to be in slightly better form, and has had more success on these courts throughout her career. Garbine Muguruza has passed the Third Round only once before while Azarenka reached the Final last year and was unlucky to not have won. Expect a fierce battle with the Belarusian coming out on top, advancing to the Round of 16 here at the 2021 US Open.
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