Saturday, September 3, 2022

Round of 16 set at U.S. Open

Today's U.S. Open lineup was not for the faint of heart. First, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova put us all through the tiebreak from hell (which isn't to say that it wasn't exciting), but--just in case your heart rate didn't go up enough--Alizé Cornet and Danielle Collins put us through a second one. Both matches were well-played and great fun to watch.

The only result that might be called an upset was Belinda Bencic's win over Karolina Pliskova, but considering Pliskova's ability and history, I don't really put it into the "upset" category (except on paper).

Jule Niemeier, who played in my favorite Wimbledon match, defeated the talented Zheng Qinwen.

Here is the round of 16 draw:

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Jule Niemeier
Petra Kvitova (21) vs. Jessie Pegula (8)
Vika Azarenka (26) vs. Karolina Pliskova (22)
Danielle Collins (19) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (6)
Zhang Shuai vs. Coco Gauff (12)
Caroline Garcia (17) vs. Alison Riske-Amritraj
Ons Jabeur (5) vs. Veronika Kudermetova (18)
Liudmila Samsonova vs. Ajla Tomljanoivic

Some facts about the draw

Swiatek reached the round of 16 last year, but was upset by Belinda Bencic.

Azarenka has reached the final of the U.S. Open on three occasions.

This will be Collins' first U.S. Open round of 16 competition.

Kudermetova has yet to drop a set and is yet to be broken.

Samsonova is on a thirteen-match win streak.

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