Seb Korda 🇺🇸
One of my favourite players to watch right now, I don’t think it will be long until the recently turned 21 year old is America’s number one player and will be top 20 without a doubt.
I think it is a good opportunity to build points and begin the beginning of the end of the season on a high. His game reminds me a lot of Tomas Berdych but I do think he strikes the ball with a bit more snap on it.
If I was in the draw and saw his name I would want to avoid him, if you allow him to play his game he can settle into a rhythm, I do think what he has to look for now is a way to flip it when he can play his usual rhythm.
Sebs small section of the draw will be an interesting watch. He has Basilashvili in round one and in that section there is Carreno Busta (maybe in R2), the inform Opelka who was runner up in Canada and Shapovalov and Musetti but both haven’t won since they lost to Djokovic at Wimbledon and Roland Garros respectively.
Jill Teichmann 🇨🇭
I really enjoyed watching Jill in Cincinnati, from qualifier to finalist and climbing up the rankings which will get her directly into events into the coming weeks and months.
She soaked up the pressure well and hunted that short ball, against Pliskova in particular we saw her cut into the court by that relentless deep hitting and opened up that lefty forehand into the open space and picked off the Czech time and time again.
Following her run in Cincinnati she will want to be a player the top seeds avoid very early on having beaten Osaka, Bencic and Pliskova in Cincinnati.
Jill is in a section of the draw which could open up, Swiatek has dipped lately and we’ve seen her beat Bencic so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a run for last 16 or final eight.
Angie Kerber 🇩🇪
Her last Grand Slam title was here in 2016 but the way she has been playing it does feel like momentum is slightly building for the German. I always think, never count her out of tournaments as she has the know how in these big moments.
Momentum is building:
Bad Homburg – Winner
Wimbledon – Semi-Finals
Cincinnati – Semi-Finals
It’s difficult to ignore, my only problem is finding solutions in match. Twice against Ash Barty things just sent south quite quickly. Credit to Angie, I thought she bounced back well but in the second set in Cincinnati it didn’t feel like it was going to happen the consistency in performance over time was lacking.
It will not be easy, Angie will be up against Yastremska in round one who hasn’t played as much as she would’ve liked due to a doping ban enforced on her but we will have to wait and see, is something building for Angie?
Hubert Hurkacz 🇵🇱
A really good player to watch, Hubi’s game reminds me a lot of Andy Murray. He is one of the nicest guys on tour and plays such a smooth and calm game. Sometimes I do think that players need a bit of chaos about their game but Hurkacz plays those points with such elegance.
He’s recorded some big wins this year and of course won Miami as well, in those big matches he has also conducted himself so well on the court and has soo much trust in his tennis.
Looking at this draw I do think he has a good shot at making the final eight, I am hoping we get a fourth round battle vs Matteo Berrettini which will be an interesting match-up!
Jannik Sinner 🇮🇹
The Italian is a good watch, I’ve never watched Jannik and come away disappointed. His game has a lot of calmness and control to it. I do think there is a gap in stopping some opponents and nullifying big serves and ground strokes but with time it will come.
Something that I do hope does happen is a third round match with Gael Monfils.
Emma Raducanu 🇬🇧
Having played a phenomenal Wimbledon I am pleased to see that Emma is now into the main draw of the US Open for the first time. The Brit went from strength to strength in her qualifying matches coming through pretty unscathed and dominant and confident. I think her tennis was fantastic but I think the way she has come back after a lot of unfair criticism from her Wimbledon exit is a massive show of character.
Emma has an opponent a while ago we were saying the seeded players want to avoid in Jennifer Brady but 13th seed will know she is in for a big test on Tuesday against Emma.