2020 US OPEN – R4 preview + prediction: ??
?? (17) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? (28) Jennifer Brady
Angelique Kerber and Jennifer Brady will do battle for the first time with a spot in the US Open quarter-finals up for grabs. Kerber and Brady both stormed through the first week at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set and this encounter full of confidence. Who will prevail?
Angelique Kerber is through to the fourth round at the US Open for the first time since she won the event in 2016. The former world number 1 started her 202 US Open campaign with a 6/4 6/4 win over Ajla Tomljanovic, followed by a 6/3 7/6 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam. Kerber sealed her spot in the final 16 thanks to a 6/3 6/4 triumph over Ann Li. It has been a surprisingly strong start to the event for Kerber who arrived in New York having not played a match since January.
Jennifer Brady is through to the fourth round at the US Open for the second time in her career. The American will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals at a major for the first time in her career. Brady entered this year’s US Open in career best form having won her first WTA Title in Lexington last month. Brady has been cruising through the draw in New York. The 25-year-old started the week with a 6/3 6/2 win over Anna Blinkova before smashing Cici Bellis 6/1 6/2. Brady booked her spot in the fourth round with a composed 6/3 6/3 win over Caroline Garcia, Brady didn’t drop serve in her win over the Frenchwoman.
I’m going to give the slight edge to Kerber in this match-up. It’s rare to have a first time match-up at this stage of a major tournament so it will be interesting to see how this one unfolds. Kerber is the proven champion and that counts for a lot heading into a big match on the biggest stage. Kerber’s counter-punching strengths should see her come through this match-up. Brady has a powerful game but it’s probably not powerful enough to consistently hit through Kerber, Kerber thrives on pace and will make life tough for Brady. Brady is also unlikely to outlast Kerber in a baseline scrap, Kerber has better movement and is more consistent. Experience and match-up seemingly favour Kerber.