Suarez Navarro vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Sunday September 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro meet in the fourth round of the 2017 US Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 76 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Venus has played seven sets in her first three matches and is coming off a match in which she won 50 percent of her return points. Venus has been broken six times this tournament and that’s something she must clean up in order to make a deeper run, but overall, she’s played clean tennis and seems like that confident player she’s been the past couple years. It also helps having the American crowd behind you. Venus hopes to make her sixth grand slam quarterfinal since 2015. Venus hopes to make her 12th US Open quarterfinal trip. Venus has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Carla Suarez Navarro is coming off a three sets win over Ekaterina Makarova that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Suarez Navarro won 61 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points. Suarez Navarro has played eight sets to get to this point and is coming off a match in which she won 49 percent of her return points. Suarez Navarro has won no less than 47 percent of her return points in her last three matches, and it’s the main reason she has to like her chances to reach the quarterfinal. Suarez Navarro hopes to make the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the sixth time in her career. Suarez Navarro has made the quarters of the US Open once. Suarez Navarro has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times and Venus has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Venus won in straight sets. Suarez Navarro’s last win over Venus came in the 2015 Miami Masters. They’ve split their four matches on hard court.
Venus has been so sharp in grand slam play that it’s going to take a really good performance from a really good player to send her home. I’m not sure Suarez Navarro, who has lost her last two matches against Venus, is that player. Venus has been sharp with her serve and return, and she takes her game to another level when playing in New York. This is a favorable match for Venus here.
Give me Venus to reach the quarters.