TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Bianca Andreescu (6) meets Maria Sakkari (16) in the Round of 16 on Monday September 6th, 2021.
A fierce battle is expected here at the 2021 US Open as sixth seeded Bianca Andreescu faces Maria Sakkari of Greece for a spot in the Quarter-Finals. Both women have been in unbelievable form so far here in New York and will be highly motivated to get the win here to advance in what is the final Grand Slam event of the year. Who has what it takes to win here, advancing to the Quarter-Finals?
Bianca Andreescu is currently ranked #7 on the WTA Tour and is the 6th seed here at the 2021 US Open. The Canadian star has had a terrible time with injuries and ever since winning the title here in 2019 has been a shell of her former self. Due to her recent struggles she was not expected to reach this far here at the Open but really has been on fire, demolishing Greet Minnen in just over an hour, 6-1, 6-2. It is widely known that she is one of the best players in the world once she is healthy and in form, and when she is playing like this she should be considered one of the main contenders for the title here. Her sternest test is up ahead in the form of Maria Sakkari, who is one of the fiercest competitors on the Tour and is sure to make things difficult for her. The Canadian should be considered the slight favorite here but it is far from a given.
Maria Sakkari is the 16th seed here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #18 in the world. The Green is known as one of the fittest and hardest working players on the Tour, and certainly won’t back down from any challenge. She is having a breakout season on the ATP Tour, reaching the French Open Semi-Finals and breaking into the top 20 for the first time in her career. Sakkari will be aiming to reach her first Quarter-Finals here in New York and has a very good chance of doing so despite facing tough opposition in Bianca Andreescu. Like her opponent she had poor results in the lead-up events to the US Open but has found form at the right time, most notably upsetting Petra Kvitova in the Third Round. In this type of form she is also very tough to beat, and her flat, penetrating groundstrokes will be difficult to handle on this surface.
This will be the second meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, with the Canadian leading the head to head 1-0. She won their only previous encounter in a third set tiebreaker this year in Miami, and I am expecting another fierce battle here at the 2021 US Open. Both women are in fantastic form and this is not one that tennis fans will want to miss. Maria Sakkari has advantages in the health and fitness department, and is also a more consistent player. Andreescu has that championship pedigree from winning the title here in 2019, and is the more powerful and complete player. I think that this will go the distance, but if she can stay healthy for the entire match, Bianca Andreescu should emerge victorious. She has been playing inspired tennis, and has just a little bit too much firepower for the Greek to handle. Bianca Andreescu will win in three sets, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 US Open.
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