Bellis vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Friday September 2, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Catherine Bellis meet in the third round of the 2016 US Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni that took 21 games to decide. Kerber continues her run towards a possible No. 1 ranking and has now won 23 of her last 28 sets played. Kerber is also well rested for this match considered she’s played just three full sets this tournament and has lost a combined eight games. As long as Kerber continues to limit silly mistakes and hit the ball with confidence, she’ll have a great chance to win her second grand slam title. Kerber hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time this season. Kerber has won 12 of her last 15 matches on hard court.
Catherine Bellis is coming off a three set win over Shelby Rogers that took 26 games to decide. Bellis was able to battle back after dropping the first set and managed to win despite having 26 unforced errors and 17 winners. Bellis is now 3-1 in her short US Open career and has a chance to become the cinderella of the tournament with another shocking upset. Remember, Bellis is just 17 years old and has just under 100 singles matches under her belt. If Bellis can get off to a fast start and get the crowd behind her, this match could get a little interesting. Bellis has never made the fourth round of a grand slam. Bellis has won seven of her last nine matches on hard court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
Bellis winning this match would be an amazing story given everything that’s on the line for Kerber and the youth of the American. However, Kerber should have little trouble here. Bellis isn’t consistent enough with her serve and will struggle with the depth that Kerber gets on her shots.
The German should win this in straight sets.