2020 US OPEN – R1 preview + prediction: ??
?? (14) Anett Kontaveit vs. ?? Danielle Collins
An in-form Anett Kontaveit begins her 2020 US Open campaign with a first round clash against America’s Danielle Collins. Kontaveit has been one of the most consistent performers since the tour restart and will be keen to keep building on that positive form at Flushing Meadows. The feisty Collins will have other ideas.
Kontaveit has won 7 matches over her first few events back. The Estonian reached the final on clay in Palermo before transitioning nicely to the hard courts of New York where she reached the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. Kontaveit could have gone further as she pushed Naomi Osaka all the way in a tight 3 set match that she could have easily won. Kontaveit reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open earlier this year in what was her best ever result at a Grand Slam, another strong run at a Grand Slam looks to be on the cards for the 24-year-old.
Danielle Collins enters this opening round match with contrasting form to her opponent. Collins hasn’t won a match since the tour restart, the American suffered a frustrating straight set victory in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open, beaten by Jill Teichmann. Collins was involved in several exhibition events while the tour was postponed, the majority of those matches ended in a loss for former Australian Open semi-finalist.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.
All signs point to a Kontaveit victory here. Kontaveit is in far better form and will be confident she can get the job done here. Kontaveit has been playing at a high level for the majority of the season, the 26-year-old is developing well under the guidance of coach Nigel Sears. Collins is a dangerous opponent when she is on a roll, but that is certainly not the case here, Collins is lacking in confidence as she hasn’t won an official tour match since January. Kontaveit’s more clinical game should get the job done fairly comfortably.