Caroline Wozniacki is now the highest ranked player left in the women’s draw coming into Day 4 of the US Open. However, Simona Halep’s early exit will not have any impact on the top spot in the rankings – regardless of Wozniacki’s performance. She faces Lesia Tsurenko in the night session in what could be a potential tricky match if the Ukranian brings her A-game. Their sole career meeting was 5 years ago in Australia, where Wozniacki won comfortably in straight sets.
Tsurenko comes into the tournament in a bit of form, having made the quarter finals of Cincinnati. She lost in straight forward fashion to Simona Halep there but it was her best outing at the event and just the third time she had made a quarter final in a Premier Mandatory/5 tournament. She dominated Alison Van Uytvanck in the previous round, breaking five times overall in a 6-3 6-2 win. The Ukranian is the type of player who can cause Wozniacki trouble if everything goes right, given the Dane’s nature for being hit off the court by a zoning big hitter.
Wozniacki ended a run of three straight losses in round one, seeing off former US Open champion Sam Stosur in routine fashion. The Australian isn’t much of a presence at slams these days and was never really in the match, giving up her serve five times overall. “I’m feeling pretty good,” a positive Wozniacki said afterwards. “Didn’t have the ideal leadup to the tournament, but body-wise, I’m feeling great right now. It was a good test today, obviously, with the heat and then playing Sam… I feel like my body is doing good. When that feels good… I’m happy and I’m excited to play. I feel like my game is finding its way, and I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”
Awaiting the winner in round three will either be Katerina Siniakova or Ajla Tomljanovic. The former saw off 28th seed Anett Kontaveit, a player who has given Wozniacki problems in the past.
Prediction – Caroline Wozniacki in three sets