Dominika Cibulková vs Angelique Kerber
|Date & Time||Saturday September 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber had a scare in the second round as the 2018 Wimbledon champion almost threw away a certain win. That being said, the German superstar maintained her composure and won the match in 3 sets. Now she will be taking on Dominika Cibulková from Slovakia. Dominika Cibulková is the number 29 seed while Angelique Kerber is the number 4 seed meaning that this is a match between two seeded players. This should ensure a high level of tennis.
These two players have a long rivalry having played each other 12 times in the past. Dominika Cibulková has won on 5 occasions with Angelique Kerber winning 7 times. Dominika Cibulková and Angelique Kerber have already played twice in 2018 with Angelique Kerber winning both times. One of those wins was at Sydney on a hard court similar to Flushing Meadows so that win is the most indicative. Either way, these two players will know the others game really well and it will be interesting to see how that impacts this match.
Similar to Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulková also had a really strong Wimbledon campaign as she made it into the final 8 of the tournament. That form seems to have continued into this tournament as she is playing really good tennis. It is fair to say that this will be her toughest opponent and she will need to improve if she wishes to compete with the number 4 seed.
This is set to be a very tactical match since both players are quite defensive. Furthermore, neither player will want to make any mistakes due to the high pressure of the situation so I can easily see this match lasting 3 sets. In terms of the result, I am going to predict Angelique Kerber to win this match. She is the better player and I think she will get the job done.