US Open 2016: Wawrinka vs. Nishikori Semifinal Prediction

This was a great clash – we can hope for more of the same today Kei Nishikori vs. Stan Wawrinka These two have staged some battles in Grand Slam events.  Kei won a 2014 tilt at the US Open that Wawrinka avenged at the 2015 Australian Open.  Nishikori also beat Wawrinka in Cincinnati quite recently….

US Open 2016: Kerber vs. Wozniacki Semifinal Prediction

Angelique Kerber vs. Caroline Wozniacki Based on most of 2016, Kerber would be heavily favored in this match.  Kerber has had an outstanding year even if one includes some of her post Australian Open wobbles.  Wozniacki has found her best tennis since the 2014 US Open at the 2016 US Open.  Kerber won 2 of…

US Open 2016: Williams vs. Pliskova Semifinal Prediction

Serena Williams vs. Karolina Pliskova Serena looked vulnerable to a degree in her quarterfinal win over Simona Halep.  Karolina Pliskova is riding a winning streak into her first ever major semifinal.  Does that mean we will have a competitive match?  Maybe.  Pliskova is a good player who is playing well.  Her biggest issue is that…

My 5 Favorite Memories of Louis Armstrong Stadium – Part 1*

* I’ve written a fair amount about Jimmy Connors as well as his 1991 US Open run so I won’t use any Jimmy Connors matches. Honorable Mention:  1987 John McEnroe d. Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 McEnroe went bonkers during the match.  “Bobo” was a player I liked to watch due to his crushing…

US Open 2016: September 7th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This was their most competitive recent match [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) – First, these two players seem to drive the most traffic of anyone on either tour to my site.   My guess is that they have passionate fanbases.  The head-to-head news is not good for Nishikori.  Murray has won…

US Open 2016: September 7th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [10] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs Ana Konjuh (CRO) – This is an intriguing match-up. Pliskova is riding a 10 match winning streak and just won a 3rd set tiebreak against a legend of the sport.  Konjuh is the top 2016 bracket buster who keeps defying the odds. Each player has an incredible opportunity….

US Open 2016: September 6th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Pouille deserves this highlight, but Monfils gets my nod [10] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs [24]  Lucas Pouille (FRA) – Gael has had a very strong hard court summer.  Pouille has played some gritty tennis to win so many marathon matches including a marathon versus Rafa Nadal.  If fatigue is not a factor, this could go…

US Open 2016: September 6th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs [7] Roberta Vinci (ITA) – Kerber should end Vinci’s latest US Open run.  Vinci has a lot of variety, a great slice backhand that produces patterns most players don’t like, and an ability to finish points at the net.  Still, Kerber has great defensive skills and can…

US Open 2016: September 5th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. start) [8] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs [WC] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) – I think this is a 4 or 5 set battle.  Thiem is playing his best hardcourt tennis of the year right now.  JMDP is riding a wave in this comeback.  Ultimately, I am picking…

US Open 2016: September 5th Women’s Predictions

Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. start) [6] Venus Williams (USA) vs [10] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – I picked Pliskova to reach the semifinal round when I looked at the draw.  Venus is playing awfully well, but if Pliskova can hold serve fairly frequently she will force Venus to play long sets in order to win.  That…