US Open 2015 Preview – Johanna Konta v Andrea Petkovic

Anything is possible right now for Johanna Konta. This is what makes tennis so great especially at these major tournaments where everyone loves an underdog who goes out there and says I’m not here to make up the numbers I’m here to compete and that is exactly what Johanna Konta has done at Flushing Meadows and I see no reason why she can’t beat Andrea Petkovic for a place in the fourth round!

Jo has played incredibly well this week and hasn’t been afraid to sit on the baseline and battle with Chirico and Muguruza on the baseline has dominated against these two opponents who have both had success on the tour recently with Chirico playing well in New Haven with a couple of top wins and Muguruza of course making the final of Wimbledon. The tennis Jo has been playing has been exceptional with the forehand and backhand finding the target and Jo looks so confident right now with the pressure being on the seeded player to win. Jo is on a 15 match winning streak with her last loss being in the first round of Wimbledon to Maria Sharapova and has won 24 of her last 29 matches on the tour which is an exceptional record.

However Johanna faces a different opponent in Andrea Petkovic ranked at 18 in the world who is a good player, can be a little unpredictable at times but is a great character!

Andrea Petkovic is a good 15 to 20 ranked player I’ve never really seen much that makes me think she can go further and challenge in these major tournaments and has only reached the semi-finals once in her career back in 2011 when she was ranked at 9 in the world. Petkovic and Konta have similar styles, both like to sit on the baseline and are strong off the forehand and backhand what Konta did so well against Muguruza was the depth she got on the ball helped her play the aggressive tennis and also she got Muguruza on the move with the forehand up the line forcing Muguruza to take a step back and this allowed Konta to move forward and win the match.

I do think this will be incredibly tough. Hopefully Johanna has recovered in time for the match after breaking the record time for a US Open women’s match at 3 hours 20 I believe but Petkovic is a top 20 player like Muguruza so it won’t be easy and it may take another good few hours to get over the line.

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