Belarusian Victoria Azarenka will play against Czech Karolina Pliskova in the fourth round of the US Open. The match will take place on September 5 in New York, starting at 18:30 GMT.
US Open 2022
|Karolina Pliskova||vs||Victoria Azarenka|
Date: September 5, 2022.
Tournament: US Open 2022.
Round: Fourth round (Round of 16).
Venue: New York, United States.
Category: Grand Slam.
Prize money: $60,102,000.
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After victories over Magda Lynette and Mari Buzkova, Pliskova faced Belinda Bencic in the third round. The match began with four consecutive service breaks, after which the duo remained steady on the serve. Schweitzke then managed to run away in the last three games of the set to win.
Bencic made an early break early in the second set to take a 2-0 lead, but Pliskova won the next three games to return to serve 3-2. The Czech managed to interrupt the opponent’s serve at a score of 5-4, take the set and bring the match to a decisive outcome.
In the final set there were five breaks in a row, at the end Pliskova had an advantage with a score of 5:3. She played the match in the following games and got a comeback victory with a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Azarenka at the US Open got off to a rocky start as it took her three sets to defeat Ashlyn Krueger in the first round. She then beat Marta Kostyuk in straight sets to set up a third round bout with Petra Martic.
Azarenka started the first set with a break and took the lead 2-0, but her opponent immediately bounced back and leveled the score. Then the Belarusian continued the series of three games and increased the score 5:2. After that, Martić managed to win back the serve, but the former world No. 1 won the set after serving in the next game.
In the second set, Azarenka was simply unstoppable. She played her best tennis to win the match 6-3, 6-0. The 33-year-old athlete reached the fourth round of the US Open for the seventh time in her career.
Before that, both tennis players met eight times, and personal meetings ended with a score of 4-4. Pliskova won the previous meeting at the 2019 Italian Open in three sets.
|Karolina Pliskova win 2.02||Victoria Azarenka win 1.90|
Azarenka showed the best result in the third round against Martic. She dictated the course of most of the match and finished with 22 winners and 12 unforced errors.
Pliskova had a relatively tougher game in the previous round, but still showed good results. She hit 14 aces, hitting 35 winners and committing 30 unforced errors.
Pliskova is a better pitcher than Azarenka, but is a two-time Grand Slam champion.
If Azarenka gets her moving often enough, the final outcome could be in her favor.
Prediction for this meeting: total sets over 2.5.