Alongside Naomi Osaka, another former US Open Champion in Angelique Kerber will also take to a show court on Day 1 of the tournament. Kerber opens play on Louis Armstrong Stadium against Ajla Tomljanovic, who may find it tough to beat her US Open best of the second round this time round although the winner of Caroline Dolehide and Anna Lena Friedsam is a very beatable opponent for either player.
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Tomljanovic doesn’t come into the tournament with much form having lost her two return matches to the tour in Lexington and Cincinnati/New York. The latter came despite a 3rd set comeback in which she broke to stay in the match. She is just 5-7 on the year although none of her losses could be considered too embarrassing on reflection.
Kerber will be hoping to recapture her best form having reunited with Torben Beltz, the coach that oversaw her rise to World No.1 and the picking up of two slams including the US Open. There had been little of her best tennis following her split with the next coach Wim Fissette but Beltz will be hoping to get the best out of his fellow German, who showed herself to be one of the most intelligent players on the tour during her period of dominance of the tour.
Kerber did not compete at the Western & Southern Open so this match will be her first since the tours restarted. A slumping Tomljanovic looks unlikely to end that here but the German will want to get in good shape ahead of a potential round four with Karolina Pliskova, should both be fortunate enough to make it that far.
Prediction – Angelique Kerber in straight sets