TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Aryna Sabalenka  takes on Barbora Krejcikova  in the Quarter-Finals on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.
Will Aryna Sabalenka go through? Will Barbora Krejcikova pull off the upset? This match will be an interesting one, where we have two of the most in-form players of the tournament going head to head. Who will move on to the semifinals at the 2021 US Open?
Aryna Sabalenka has been playing some great tennis, being the highest seed left in the tournament, she is probably the favorite to go all the way here in New York. She’s using her incredible service and powerful groundstrokes very well, either getting quick points off the one-two punch or eventually winning in longer rallies with just more firepower and resistance than her opponents thus far. She most certainly does not have an easy one ahead of her in Barbora Krejcikova, who has been playing some great tennis herself, and while I do think Sabalenka will struggle, I do still think she can ultimately prevail in straight sets, while they won’t be close by any means, and a lot of the match will depend on the serving of both players, Sabalenka is playing really well and if she can meet expectations and pull this one out in two then she will become the clear favorite to clinch the title at the 2021 US Open.
Barbora Krejcikova has been playing some good tennis as well, not just this tournament but throughout the entire year. She has by far the hardest match of the tournament ahead of her in Aryna Sabalenka. In order to take out a player of such quality as Sabalenka, she will need to serve very well, and while that’s easier said than done, I do think the key to the match is all there in that serve. Krejcikova has been backing up her serve pretty well, winning 73% of her first serve and 54% of her second serve in her last match. Those are some pretty solid numbers, and Sabalenka isn’t exactly the strongest returner on the WTA Tour, so maybe they’ll be even better, but I do still expect Sabalenka to be aggressive, even on her returns, so she’ll have to be careful in that department and make sure she isn’t floating too many second serves to her, let’s see if she can be competitive for a spot in the semifinals at the 2021 US Open.
Aryna Sabalenka and Barbora Krejcikova have met once before, with Aryna Sabalenka leading the head to head 1-0. Their one and only meeting came last year, with Sabalenka clinching out the win in three tough sets. It is an interesting match-up, as I feel both players do many things just a little better than the other, there’s a good chance it could be a close match. However, I feel like Sabalenka is just playing really well right now and filled with confidence, and since she’s like that, she’s going to be playing very aggressive, because of that, I feel like she will take over a lot more points than normal and get the win in straight sets to progress to the semifinals of the 2021 US Open.
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