???? US OPEN, R1 match preview
?? (19) Caroline Wozniacki vs. ?? Yafan Wang
The 19th seeded Caroline Wozniacki begins her 2019 US Open campaign against China’s Yafan Wang. The 2-time former finalist in New York is a shadow of the player she once was, Wozniacki is certainly vulnerable heading into this match and Wang is a dangerous enough opponent to make the most of this opportunity. Can Yafan Wang pull off the upset?
Caroline Wozniacki won just 1 match during the US Open series before heading to New York. The Dane defeated Yulia Putintseva in straight sets in Toronto before being beaten by Iga Swiatek in 3 sets. A week later Wozniacki was beaten in the opening round in Cincinnati, a straight set loss to Dayan Yastremska. The former world number 1 is having one of her worst seasons on tour in a long time, the US Open provides Wozniacki one last chance to make a major run in 2019 at a tournament where she has had a lot of success in the past. Wozniacki had reached the semi-finals or better in New York on 5 previous occasions, a figure she seems unlikely to extend in 2019.
Yafan Wang is having the best season of her career but also arrives in New York short of match wins. Wang’s US Open series results have been poor. Wang was beaten in the opening round in Washing and the Bronx, in the midst of those losses Wang reached the second round in Cincinnati via the qualifying draw as a lucky-loser where she succumbed to Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. Wang is relatively inexperienced at the Grand Slam level, she has never made it past the second round of a major and will be competing in the main draw in New York for just the third time. Nevertheless, 2019 has been a year of firsts for Wang after she won her first title in Acapulco, perhaps she can also break new ground in New York?
The only previous meeting between the pair took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 where Wozniacki won 6-3 6-1. Expect a very different match this time around with the pair in very different spaces heading into this match.
I believe Wang has a decent chance in this match. Wang has the consistent, deep hitting that can expose Wozniacki if the Chinese player is able to remain patient and execute her game. Wang can also match the physicality of Wozniacki and therefore she has the game to win this. Wozniacki’s defense is not what it once was so she is vulnerable in these types of match-ups. I’ll go for the upset here, Wozniacki has no weapons at the moment, her movement is far from what it used to be, she is simply ripe for the picking.