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Sunday, September 04, 2016

My WTA US OPEN 2016 - Finals Pick, BRACKET TWO

3 A. Radwanska – I had Aga reaching here and losing to Timea Bacsinszky, the second biggest disappointment of the tournament. She wins this round and likely faces Venus Williams. Depending on who has the tougher match this round, I could see Radwanska reaching the Semis.

Ana Konjuh – She is literally swimming in the deep end of the pool. Though she beat Kiki Bertens in the first round, Radwanska is an entirely different opponent.

10 K. Pliskova – Hats off to Karolina, as she beat a real tough opponent -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – in the third round. I thought Kristina Mladenovic would be standing here, but that second round battle took enough out of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that neither would have stood a chance against Pliskova, who has been playing great tennis.

6 V. Williams – I had Venus losing to Baczinsky in the quarterfinals but this matchup against Karlina Pliskova is not one to take lightly. Whereas Mladenovic would have played a basic power game, Pliskova brings an emotional level along with hers. The advantage is with Venus because of mobility but she cannot risk a long three set match. Look for Venus in the semifinals, as my third pick to win the tournament.

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