2015 US Open Day 4: Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep Looking Strong Early On

Petra Kvitova (click to enlarge)

Here I go again. I’ve been so enamored with the overflowing talent oozing from Petra Kvitova that I often fall into thinking that she’s about to take that next step into being the best player in the world. She will flash that brilliance and then…come crashing back to earth. I’ll admit, as she’s worked her way throught the first two rounds of the 2015 US Open, I am set to believe once more. Not that she’s been overwhelming or anything…her second round 6-3 6-4 victory against 2-time NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs was more routine than spectacular. But maybe now that Petra’s been diagnosed with mononucleosis, finally giving her answers to why her energy wanes…and more importantly, now that she knows how to manage it…maybe, just maybe this is her year to break through at the US Open. Kvitova has won 3 titles this year, beaten Serena Williams and comes in with a win last week in New Haven. I believe in Petra! (and hope I didn’t just jinx her)

Simona Halep (click to enlarge)

Before Petra beat Serena back in May at the Madrid Open, the last person to beat the top player in the world was Simona Halep. Although overall Madison Keys is my favorite active player on tour, Simona is my favorite player to watch. Although diminutive, her game has certain aspects that remind me of one of my all-time favorites Kim Clijsters, particular the way Halep changes direction on the ball so easily like Kimmie did. Her 6-3 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko wasn’t particularly spectacular, but Simona isn’t the kind of player that routinely powers her way through opponents 1 and 1 over and over. She will get an easy win here and there, but mostly she does what she needs to do to win. I’d love to see the bottom half of the draw come down to either Petra or Simona. We will see soon enough.



2 SIMONA HALEP (won 6-3 6-4 vs Kateryna Bondarenko)


5 PETRA KVITOVA (won 6-3 6-4 vs Nicole Gibbs)


20 VICTORIA AZARENKA (won 7-5 6-4 vs Yanina Wickmayer)


11 ANGELIQUE KERBER (won 7-5 6-2 vs Karin Knapp)


18 ANDREA PETKOVIC (won 6-3 7-6 (4) vs Elena Vesnina)


24 SABINE LISICKI (won 6-4 6-0 vs Camila Giorgi)



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