??? US OPEN: R1 Prediction
?? (4) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? Margarita Gasparyan
Angelique Kerber arrives in New York with not much pressure on her shoulders considering she is the reigning Wimbledon champion. Kerber has no points to defend in New York having suffered a shock first round exit last year in her title defense. Kerber was deprived on confidence this time last year, this time she is seemingly in great shape. Gasparyan in talented but I doubt she has the stamina or precision to seriously challenge Kerber. The German will put heaps of pressure on the Russian with her movement and counter-punching. Kerber will pick on the Gasparyan backhand, I suspect the Russian will eventually fold.