Lesia Tsurenko vs. Caroline Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Thursday August 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Caroline Wozniacki and Lesia Tsurenko meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Samantha Stosur that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 67 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki won 65 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on nine break points. Wozniacki entered this tournament on a three-match losing streak, so the win was much needed to kind of get her out of her current funk. Wozniacki hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the seventh time in her last nine appearances. Wozniacki has lost in the second round in two of her last three US Open appearances. Wozniacki has lost four of her last five matches on hard court.
Lesia Tsurenko is coming off a straight sets win over Alison Van Uytvanck that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Tsurenko won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Tsurenko won 63 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on 10 break points. Tsurenko is quietly putting together a solid run, as she made the quarterfinals in Cincinnati and now just beat a top-40 player rather easily. Tsurenko has to like where she’s at right now with her game. Tsurenko hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time since 2016. Tsurenko has made the third round of the US Open (2016) once in her career. Tsurenko has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2013 Australian Open, a match Wozniacki won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
This is sure to be a solid second round match, as Tsurenko is playing well and Wozniacki, well, her resume speaks for itself. In terms of picking a winner, I’m giving the edge to Wozniacki, as she has another gear she can reach and is always comfortable in this tournament given that she has a place in New York. Wozniacki hasn’t had many breakthrough moments at this tournament, but she’s more than capable of beating players she should beat on this stage.
Wozniacki should win this in likely two tight sets.