WTA US Open, Third Round: Strycova v Mertens

Due to start at 4 pm

Strycova 3.10, Mertens 1.46

This will be their first meeting.

Mertens has better overall results this season. 74% v 57% matches won. Her hard court results are also stronger.

Strycova has had 2 weak opponents this week but has played well. She has struggled to find consistency in 2018. She has been in the third round of the US Open twice ( 2015, 2014). She has not dropped a set so far beating Danielle Lao and Lara Arruabarrena. She has been broken just once.

Mertens
Mertens

Mertens has made it through the opening round for the first time. She had a tough match in the first round beating Nara in 3 sets.  Her second serve came under a lot of pressure. In the last round she dropped just 2 games against Lapko.

I think Strycova’s 2 wins will help her confidence. I favour Mertens to win but think she will need 3 sets. Back her above 1.75.

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