R. Vinci – Roberta plays the role of crafty veteran so well. She knows most
players want to stand behind the baseline and hit away. I had Vinci losing to Christina
McHale because Vinci has played a lot of tennis this past year. In recent
outings, it seemed fatigue might have gotten to her. The amount of play has
paid off because she has won enough to boost her points to keep her into the
Top 10 in the rankings. This, in turn, has helped her avoid a seeded player
this far into the tournament.
Tsurenko – Lesia beat (21) Irina-Camelia Begu and (12) Dominika Cibulková to
get this far. Begu was flat in her match, which tells me to stop picking her to
get this deep in tournaments, as I had her reaching the quarterfinals.
Tsurenko’s match against Cibulková was a slugfest that could have gone either
way. I’m curious to see if she has enough power to tire out Vinci.
P. Kvitova – Petra did it! Though she hasn’t looked dominant, while winning her
three matches in two sets each, she has brought more fire from within. She even
fist-pumped in her last match. By reaching the fourth round, she sent a signal
she’s not inching toward retirement. If she beats Kerber, she can get to the
A. Kerber – It’s great watching a player for whom winning is everything. The
look Angelique had on her face when she lost to Monica Puig at the Olympics in
Rio; that look is why I’ve had to make room for her in that next crop of
dominant players who might win multiple majors. To win the US Open, she has a
tough road ahead. First, there’s the battle of two lefties with different games
and styles, where I have Kerber outlasting Kvitova. Next, there’s Roberta Vinci
on the horizon. If this takes place, it will be a must-watch as two masters of
angles battle. Vinci’s quirkiness will trouble Kerber but only so much, as
Kerber edges her out and in straight sets. For the semifinals and finals, she
could be looking at Keys, Venus, Halep or Serena. Such a tough road forces me
to make Kerber my fourth pick to win the tournament.