Serena Williams 2022 US Open

US Open Day 5 Women’s Predictions including Serena Williams vs. Tomljanovic

Day 5 of the US Open will feature eight women’s third-round matches, including Serena Williams’ next attempt to keep her career going. As always, here at LWOT we share our thoughts on all games – split between this and a separate article. Today’s games are predicted by Shane Black, Damian Kust and Jim Smith.

US Open Day 5 Women’s Predictions

Bianca Andreescu vs. Caroline Garcia

Shane:
Bianca Andreescu and Caroline Garcia looked dominant in their round two wins in straight sets. Garcia defeated Andreescu 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in Hamburg earlier this year and these two should once again deliver a very high quality game. I think the French woman who came from the qualifies to win in Cincinnatiscores her 11th straight win and advances to fourth round in Queens.
Prediction: Garcia in 3

Damien:
What a matchup. Caroline Garcia has been on fire lately and you just know she’ll blast those returns and take time from Bianca Andreescu like no other. The Frenchwoman only has one game plan, but when it works she’s almost impossible to stop.
Prediction: Garcia in 3

Jim:
Andreescu has really impressed at the US Open so far. But facing Garcia is a massive step up in opposition quality with the Frenchwoman in such good form. Expect the Cincinnati Champion to prove too strong.
Prediction: Garcia in 3

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Alison Riske-Amritraj vs. Xiyu Wang

Shane:
Both Alison Riske-Amritraj and Xiyu Wang won three-set bouts in Round 2. Wang defeated No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari for the biggest win of her young career. However, I believe their run stops here. The American has picked up some solid hard-court wins this season and will be helped by the fast surface in New York.
Prognosis: Riske-Amritraj in the 2nd

Damien:
Xiyu Wang really upped her game during the US Open Series and she has serious potential. However, it will be difficult to repeat your performance from the second round, because such an emotional high is often followed by a low. Alison Riske seems more likely to perform.
Prognosis: Riske-Amritraj in 3

Jim:
Riske-Amritraj will have the home crowd behind him and should have enough cunning to outsmart Wang. The Chinese is a good player with a bright future but Riske-Amritraj is the better player right now.
Prognosis: Riske-Amritraj in the 2nd

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Rebecca Marino vs. Shuai Zhang

Shane:
Veterans Rebecca Marino and Shuai Zhang will face off for the first time in a quest for their respective first-round fourth-round spots US Open. Both are yet to drop a set this week and feel very confident in their games. Not much separates these two, but I give a slight edge to Zhang, who has shown a stronger history in Grand Slams and came to New York with better summer form.
Prediction: Zhang in 3

Damien:
Rebecca Marino’s power can kill on these pitches and she’s looked really good this week. However, Shuai Zhang’s flatter shots keep the ball low and force the tall Canadian to bend her knees, which she doesn’t exactly like. Zhang has the ability to stop them from finding a comfortable attacking zone.
Prediction: Zhang in 3

Jim:
Honestly, this could go either way. They both play well but Zhang has a lot more experience than the Canadian. That could be the difference.
Prediction: Zhang in 3

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Serena Williams vs. Ajla Tomljanovic

Shane:
If this is the last tournament in Serena Williams’ career, she’s sure to leave the tournament with a bang. Arthur Ashe Stadium absolutely rocked Williams’ first and second round games and will only continue to help the six-time champion progress through the draw. Ajla Tomljanovic has never played in front of an audience anywhere near as loud as what Ashe will offer on Friday. The Australian didn’t look very convincing with her victory in round two either. I think Williams is keeping the dream run going.
Prognosis: Williams in 2nd place

Damien:
I’m far from believing that Serena Williams will win the entire event, especially as the physical exertion will become increasingly difficult to endure. However, this mix of talent and motivation will not be easy for anyone to beat. Ajla Tomljanovic can do it if she serves well and unmasks the weaker second delivery, but the shorter points won’t test Serena’s fitness as much.
Prognosis: Williams in 3rd place

Jim:
When Williams can’t use the energy of the crowd and her own desire to go quietly into the night as effectively she did it against Kontaveit, she will win this match. The only real question is how much is left in the tank.
Prognosis: Williams in 3rd place

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