??? US OPEN: QF Prediction
?? (14) Madison Keys vs. ?? (30) Carla Suarez Navarro
Wednesday’s quarter-final between Madison Keys and Carla Suarez Navarro features an interesting contrast in styles. The powerful game of Keys against he delicate game of the Spaniard, it also a battle of youth vs. experience. Power has prevailed in the previous meetings between the pair. Keys has won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair, but all 3 of those matches went to 3 sets and the Spaniard is in top form heading into this clash.
Despite most factors seemingly being in the American’s favour, I’m going to go for the upset here and side with the Spaniard. I have been very impressed with Suarez Navarro over the last few rounds in her victories over Caroline Garcia and Maria Sharapova. Those victories over big hitters are the perfect preparation for this match.
The slow hard courts in New York this year are really suiting the game of Suarez Navarro and they are the perfect conditions for her to take down Keys. Nerves have always been an issue with Keys in these types of matches and I expect that to be true here. I think Suarez Navarro can expose the American’s one-dimensional game on this slow surface, It is time for Carla to finally win a Grand Slam quarter-final in her 7th attempt.