Victoria Azarenka 2022 US Open

US Open Day 6 Women’s Predictions including Azarenka vs. Martic

Day 6 at the US Open sees the end of the third round. Who will advance to the round of 16? As always, our writers share their thoughts on all games with you. We split the eight games of the day on it and one more article. Today’s games are predicted by Jakub Bobro, Jack Edward and Johnny Connell. Who do you think will win?

US Open Day 6 women predictions

Garbine Muguruza versus Petra Kvitova

Jacob:
A blockbuster third round duel here. Muguruza struggled for most of the season but looked very good in her first two games, beating youngsters Clara Tauson and Linda Fruhvirtova. Kvitova came off a recent run in Cincinnati and after a straight set win in her opener, the Czech earned a free hit in the second round. Both players appear to be in good form but given Kvitova’s 5-1 head-to-head lead, the 32-year-old should be the favourite.
Prediction: Kvitova in 3

Jack:
Although two wins will feel rejuvenating for Garbine Muguruza, playing against Petra Kvitova on a fast court might be a step too far. Kvitova has won four of her last five encounters on hard court – the Spaniard has found it difficult to settle into this encounter in better form so I can’t see her venting the excitement.
Prognosis: Kvitova in the 2

Johnny:
Garbine Muguruza appears to have finally found decent form with clear set wins over Clara Tauson and Linda Fruhvirtova, the first time she has won back-to-back games since Doha in February. Petra Kvitova didn’t have to do much to reach this stage, a win over Erika Andreeva and a free kick. This duel between two major champions desperate for victory after recent battles could go in many directions. Kvitova has traditionally fought in New York. I think the walkthrough in the previous round could negatively impact this matchup and she may be undercooked. I will side with the Spaniard who seems to be finding form.
Prediction: Muguruza in 3

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Danielle Collins vs Alize Cornet

Jacob:
With a repeat of their Australian Open quarterfinals earlier this season, Collins and Cornet expect not only good tennis, but plenty of drama as well. In traditional cornet fashion, the French defeated defending champion Emma Raducanu this season. Collins also beat a former champion in Naomi Osaka and looks like a potential title favorite. It’s going to be tight, but I’m leaning towards the American.
Prediction: Collins in 3

Jack:
It was a one-sided win for Danielle Collins over AlizĂ© Cornet when they played in Australia earlier in the year. It’s not a duel that favors Cornet, as trading backhands generally favors the American’s big hits. Collins has been playing on hard for the past six months – although there is still a bit of rust to shake off, I hope she will be back in her element.
Prediction: Collins in 3

Johnny:
Danielle Collins was one of the most impressive players in the early rounds. A stunning straight set performance against Naomi Osaka was followed by another straight set win over Cristina Bucsa. Cornet continues on which to thrive big stages in 2022but I think she will be overwhelmed here, just like she was against the American earlier this year Australian Open. Collins has too much firepower in all departments and competes well enough to counter the versatile French’s strengths.
Prognosis: Collins in Q2

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Jule Niemeier vs. Qinwen Zheng

Jacob:
After her Wimbledon quarter-final run, Niemeier must now be seen as a dangerous floater in draws. The German looked solid in the first two rounds with victories over Sofia Kenin and Yulia Putintseva. Zheng is also in good form, defeating Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasia Potapova to reach the quarterfinals in Toronto earlier this summer. Zheng won her last clash in Australia earlier this season and I believe she will win again.
Prediction: Zheng in 2

Jack:
Jule Niemeier hits a giant ball, but can let off steam against the point builders Putintseva and Kenin. Enter Qinwen Zheng: Her big serves should tame Niemeier’s return abilities, while her shot weight should allow her to meddle with enough Germans’ service to claim victory.
Prediction: Zheng in 2

Johnny:
Qinwen Zheng plays the best tennis of her life. Zheng has already defeated two dangerous opponents with victories over Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasia Potapova. Niemeier is also a young player reaching new heights. A big chance for both players to reach the second week of a Grand Slam. Zheng seems to have the edge at the moment, especially on these fast hard courts that suit her aggressive style perfectly.
Prediction: Zheng in 3

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Victoria Azarenka vs. Petra Martic

Jacob:
Azarenka, a three-time US Open finalist, has looked good in her first two matches apart from her lack of concentration in the second set against Ashlyn Krueger. Martic who took out Paula Badosa in the second round, wants to make three second-week heats at the US Open in four years. However, I believe Azarenka will prevent the Croatian from achieving that.
Prediction: Azarenka in 2

Jack:
While Petra Martic’s victory over Paula Badosa was impressive, defeating an in-form Victoria Azarenka in these conditions is a different matter entirely. I think Azarenka was dismissed fairly easily in her first few rounds, so there are still too many question marks about how she would handle a high-profile opponent for me to endorse.
Prediction: Martic in 3

Johnny:
Victoria Azarenka seems to be in a good place right now, at a tournament where she has finished second twice and the conditions and atmosphere suit her perfectly. Petra Martic has pulled off an upset win over fourth-seeded Paula Badosa as she traditionally raises her level at the majors. I like Azarenka in this matchup, she has the game to deal with the Croatian’s versatility and dominate with her greater power and aggression.
Prediction: Azarenka in 2

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