Xiaodi You (@4.4) vs Jelena Ostapenko (@1.22)
10-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Jelena Ostapenko will win

Xiaodi You – Jelena Ostapenko Match Prediction | 10-09-2019 06:00

Nonetheless, expect many points in this match to be finished relatively quickly as each player looks to overpower the other. Kerber is a capable defender, and will make her opponent search for the lines more so than usual, with the German more than able to turn defence into attack. That is particularly true off her forehand, with Kerber possessing one of the best running forehands in the game, which she displayed with a fine winner against Liu.

She comes up against the more experienced Petra Martic, who had to ground out a tough straight-sets win in her second-round match against Irina-Camelia Begu. James:Luksika Kumkhum pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament when she beat Belinda Bencic in the second round. The next round will be a step too far. Lower-ranked players often get ahead of themselves when they cause a big upset at Grand Slams, and I fear that this will be the case for Kumkhum.

Prediction

In the first round, she faced the experienced German Andrea Petkovic, once ranked as high as 9th in the world, who, in a match that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours, she managed tobeat 6-4 4-6 7-5. Her next match lasted one minute longer as she rallied from a set down to best Taylor Townsend of the United States 4-6 6-3 6-4. Ostapenko hasbeen stretcheda little more by her two opponents and has been taken the distance by both.

Both of theseplayers are powerful hitters and as a result the fans should be treated to some entertaining tennis. Sharapova stands 11cm taller than Ostapenko, but it is the Latvian that is the more powerful. She smashed 38 winners through the defences of Petkovic before hitting an even more impressive 52 against Townsend. She made 60 against Petkovic and 47 against Townsend. But her aggression has cost her a lot of unforced errors.

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering Ostapenko hasnt been on the Tour for long, this will be the pairs first meeting. Ostapenko only competed in her first Grand Slam event in 2015, but had a fine year at the Majors last season, reaching at least the third round at all four and winning the French. Kerber disappointed last year, but does have two Slams to her name having bookended 2016 with victories in Melbourne and New York, whilst also reaching the Wimbledon final.

Marta Kostyuk vs Elina Svitolina

The world No.5 struggled through her second round match and will want to lay down a marker in this one, to both herself and her opponents. James:What a journey it has been for teenager Marta Kostyuk so far. The Ukrainian has overcome the odds to reach the third round at this years Australian Open, but Svitolina will prove a step too far for the fifteen-year-old.

This match should provide a very engaging watch for the fans in New York. Both players will go for their shots and a high number of winners and unforced errors seems almost certain based on how they have played so far. But Sharapovas serve has been a cause for concern, and that should give Ostapenko a decisive advantage. This one will go to three sets, but expect Ostapenko to get it done in a tight deciding set.

Marta Kostyuk has been breathtaking and, at just 15, can play with plenty of freedom as she has nothing to lose. Regardless of how tight she can get at Slams, this gives her enough of an edge to win. That said, Elina Svitolina presumably has a big advantage that she knows at least a little bit about how her countrywoman plays. Sam: Not every fairytale can have a happy ending.

How do they match up?

Who will come out on top? Ostapenko, the 10th seed, is a rising star hoping to add to the Grand Slam title she won at Roland Garros last year. Jelena Ostapenko and Maria Sharapova may be at vastlydifferent stages of their careers, but both have title ambitions at the US Open. Sharapova, the 22nd seed, in contrast, is a former US Open winner and five-time Grand Slam champion, still fighting her way back from the WADA ban which saw her miss large parts of 2016 and 2017.

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