Magda Linette vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Monday August 27, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Serena Williams and Magda Linette meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Serena Williams enters this tournament in shaky form, as she’s lost three of her last four matches and has withdrawn from many events due to personal reasons. It seems like Serena has been dealing with off the court issues regarding her child and the pressures of balancing being a new parent and still being a top tier tennis player. It will be worth watching this match to see the type of shape Serena is in given the time away from the sport again. Serena loves the US Open more than any other event and has made at least the semifinals in each of her last eight appearances, so she at least has that going for her. Serena hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2012 French Open. Serena has lost four of her last five matches on hard court.
Magda Linette failed to qualify for Connecticut and Cincinnati, but she did win two matches in Washington, which included a shocking victory over Naomi Osaka. Linette also made the semifinals in Nanchang, so while the big tournament success is little to none, she does enter this tournament with some confidence under her belt and enough victories to gain her opponents attention. The concern is Linette is now 26 years old with zero grand slam success and has just one career victory over a top-10 player. Those are stats you don’t want to see when going against probably the best women’s tennis player of all time. Linette is 3-10 in her career in grand slam first round matches. Linette has split her last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Even Serena at 60 percent, she chews up and spits out opponents like this who have never had moments in grand slam play. You don’t go from losing 10 of 13 first round grand slam matches to beating Serena in her favorite tournament. Serena is always laser focused for the US Open and hasn’t had an early exit here in 12 years.
Regardless of what shape Serena is in, she cruises here.