US Open 2020: September 8th Women’s and Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [23] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs. [28] JenniferBrady (USA) – Brady won Lexington and can win this match if she plays with controlled agression. The problem is if Brady is too aggressive her errors will undo her chances and if she plays it too safe, she can’t bother Putintseva. I think the odds are in…

US Open 2020: September 7th Women’s and Men’s Singles Predictions

After yesterday’s events, I am not feeling two sepparate posts. Still in a tennis daze … Predicted Winners in BOLD Arthur Ashe Stadium (Noon start) [3] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [15] Maria Sakkari (GRE) – This can go either way. Beating Sloane Stephens from 1 set down and Serena speaking about the priveledge pressure is…

US Open 2020: September 6th Women’s Singles Predictions

Arthur Ashe Stadium (Noon start) [8] Petra Martic (CRO) vs. [23] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) – Maybe a small upset … [4] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [14] Anett Kontaveit (EST) (late night) – Osaka seems likely to reach the final. Louis Armstrong Stadium (11 a.m.) [17] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [28] Jennifer Brady (USA) – Already underway, but I would have picked Kerber had I posted this…

US Open 2020: September 6th Men’s Singles Predictions

Arthur Ashe Stadium [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [20] Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP)  – Novak in 3 or 4 sets seems really likely. [7] David Goffin (BEL) vs. [12] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) – I like Goffin here, but Denis could pull the minor upset. I think Goffin will rob his opponent of enough time to win in 4 or 5 sets….

US Open 2020: September 5th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD Arthur Ashe Stadium (Noon start) [3] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [26] Sloane Stephens (USA) – This is really hard to pick and on paper I think Serena wins, but my gut says the COVID-19 break helped Sloane Stephens hit reset. [7] Madison Keys (USA) vs Alizé Cornet (FRA) – Cornet is one of the most difficult players…

US Open 2020: September 5th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Arthur Ashe Stadium (Noon start) [3] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)  vs. [WC] J. J. Wolf (USA) – Medvedev is in great form to this point. Can he reach a second straight final? [2] Dominic Thiem (AUS) vs. [31] Marin Cilic (CRO) – I like Thiem to overcome the 2014 champion, but he cannot get too far behind the…

The Tennis Arms Race

Watching tennis with less noise and no real fan presence is not ideal, but it does make a few things more obvious. Sliding on hard courts used to seem insane. More and more players can do it. Roger Federer’s squash shots of 2004 are not uncommon to see when a player is streched today. I…

Venus Williams has Earned the Right to End Her Career on Her Terms

Former world #1 Venus Williams has won Wimbledon 5 times, the US Open twice, and holds 4 Gold Medals and One Silver Medal along with a slew of majors in doubles. She has been runner-up or better at every slam at least once. Her 1997 US Open runner-up finish took place early in Bill Clinton’s…