?? Western & Southern Open – R3 Preview + Prediction:
?? Victoria Azarenka vs. ?? Alize Cornet
An unseeded pair go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals at the Western & Southern Open when Victoria Azarenka takes on Alize Cornet on Tuesday afternoon in New York. Azarenka holds a dominant 6-0 record over Cornet, can the in-form Frenchwoman finally snatch her first win over the former world number 1?
Azarenka is having a great week at Flushing Meadows. Azarenka has beaten a pair of players she has struggled against in the past, a 6/2 6/3 win over Donna Vekic followed by a 6/2 7/6 win over Caroline Garcia. Prior to this week Azarenka had a 0/5 record against the pair. Azarenka is moving well and striking the ball with authority from the baseline, showing signs of the player that twice reached the US Open finals at this very venue.
Alize Cornet is also on a roll in New York. Cornet started the event with a dominant 6/0 6/4 win over Catty McNally before upsetting the second seeded Sofia Kenin 6/1 7/6. The movement of Cornet has been the standout, especially in her win over Kenin where she was tracking down ball after ball, drawing error after error from the reigning Australian Open champion. An even greater effort will be required if Cornet is to finally defeat Azarenka.
Azarenka has won all 6 of the previous meetings between the pair. 3 of those victories were in straight sets, including their two most recent matches. Azarenka defeated Cornet 6/4 6/4 at Wimbledon last year in their latest encounter.
There’s a reason Cornet has never beaten Azarenka. This is simply a bad match-up for Cornet. Azarenka enjoys these types of matchups where she can’t be overpowered or rushed. Azarenka will be full of confidence heading into this match after 2 big wins this week and has the formula to take care of Cornet. Azarenka is usually too strong for Cornet because she has a cleaner strike off both sides, returns better and has a stronger first serve.