2020 US OPEN – R2 preview + prediction: ?? ?? (31) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Marta Kostyuk
An interesting second round clash from Flushing Meadows on day 3 sees the 31st seeded Anastasija Sevastova come up against 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk. Sevastova’s strong record at Flushing Meadows goes on the line against a player on the rise.
Sevastova claimed another big victory on a major court at Flushing Meadows when she defeated Cori Gauff 6-3 5-7 6-4 on Louis Armstrong in her first-round match. A roller-coaster win for Sevastova who was at one stage up by a set and a break, a single break was enough in the deciding set for the 30-year-old. Sevastova will be aiming to reach the third round at the US Open for the fifth consecutive year, the US Open has been the Latvian’s most successful major where she reached the quarter-finals in 2016 and 2017, followed by a semi-final run in 2018.
Marta Kostyuk claimed her first main draw victory at the US Open and her first at a Grand Slam since her Australian Open breakthrough in 2018 with a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina. A big win for the Ukrainian who now gets a chance to equal her best run at a major.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair. I’m going to side with the experienced Sevastova. Kostyuk is talented, a powerful player, but her game is still raw, and she may struggle against the versatility and unpredictability of Sevastova. Flushing Meadows is where Sevastova plays her best tennis, having finally claimed her first tour level victory of the season in the first round I expect Sevastova to play with more freedom and bamboozle her opponent.
Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Marta Kostyuk in 2 sets
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Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart R2 Preview ?? (6) Caroline Garcia vs. ?? (Q) Marta Kostyuk
An exciting second round clash in Stuttgart sees the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia come up against 15-year-old rising star Marta Kostyuk. Both Garcia and Kostyuk enter this match on a high. Garcia claimed a huge win over Maria Sharapova in the opening round whilst Kostyuk has already won 4 matches in Stuttgart having come through a tough qualifying draw to reach the main draw.
Caroline Garcia’s 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova on Tuesday was one of the biggest wins of the Frenchwoman’s career. Whilst Sharapova is not at her best right now, it was the manner in which Garcia fought past one of the greatest competitors the game has seen that was extremely impressive. Garcia looked destined for defeat for the vast majority of the match, two points from defeat in the second set tiebreak and down a break in the third set, it would have been easy for Garcia to crack. However, Garcia kept fighting and eventually over-powered Sharapova to claim a memorable win.
Marta Kostyuk is easily the most impressive teenager on tour. At 15 years of age, Kostyuk is already inside the top 150 and has had impressive results in 2018, most notably a run to the third round at the Australian Open. Kostyuk secured her spot in the main draw by coming from a set down to defeat Alize Cornet in the final round of qualifying after she defeated Julia Middendorf and Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets. Kostyuk kicked off her main draw campaign with a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over Antonia Lottner. At this stage of the tournament Kostyuk now has nothing to lose.
This will be the first career meeting between Garcia and Kostyuk. It will be the second time Kostyuk has come up against a top 10 opponent after she was beaten by Svitolina in straight sets at the Australian Open earlier this year.
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Fed Cup WG 2: Australia vs Ukraine, Rubber 2 ?? Daria Gavrilova vs ?? Marta Kostyuk
Saturday’s second rubber in the Fed Cup world group 2 tie between Australia and Ukraine promises to be the most important rubber of the entire tie. Ash Barty is expected to comfortably get past Lyudmyla in the opening rubber to give Australia a 1-0 lead in Canberra. Marta Kostyuk is clearly Ukraine’s most dangerous player in their squad, Kostyuk has had a great Australian summer and can make this tie interesting with an upset win over Gavrilova.
Daria Gavrilova had a reasonable Australian summer. The 23-year-old reached the semi-finals at the Sydney International before falling at the second round stage at Melbourne Park to eventual semi-finalist Elise Mertens. Gavrilova has shown commitment to the Australian Fed Cup team over the last few years but has not had the best results in this format, a 2/3 win/loss record in singles Fed Cup matches.
Marta Kostyuk will be making her Fed Cup debut. As the highest ranked player for Ukraine in Canberra, there is a lot of pressure on the 15-year-old to give a good account of herself. Kostyuk is on a high right now. Kostyuk is at a career high ranking of 185 after winning the ITF Burnie 60K title last week which followed her impressive run to the third round at the Australian Open in January. Kostyuk is the youngest player ranked inside the top 200 in almost 10 years.
This will be the first career meeting between Gavrilova and Kostyuk.