(Tennis news) In order to face Tamara Korpatsch in the second round, Samsonova defeated Claire Liu in straight sets. Beginning the match with a break of service, the Russian went on to win the opening set. She also finished the opening set similarly.
When the second set began, Korpatsch successfully broke her opponent’s serve, but her defences quickly gave up. Samsonova won the following four games to take a 4-1 lead, and she then won the match 6-3, 6-3, quickly finishing off the match.
In the second round, Keys faced Yanina Wickmayer, who had advanced to the semifinals here in 2009. Keys easily defeated Arantxa Rus to get there. The American won the opening set with hardly any effort, losing only one game.
For Keys, the second set was similarly a piece of cake as she rolled off five straight games to take the contest 6-1, 6-2.
The previous two meetings between the two were evenly divided, tying their head-to-head record at 1-1. At the 2022 Adelaide International, Keys triumphed in their most recent match in three sets.
Particularly Keys, both performed admirably in the prior round. 77% of the points she won were on her first serve, and the American never lost a service. Furthermore, she made 12 unforced errors compared to 20 wins.
The statistics of Samsonova and Keys were practically identical. Both players are well-known for their effective serving and forceful hitting from the baseline. Both of their prior games were quite close.
This match might be a master lesson in first strike tennis if both competitors perform at a high level. Both, though, have the same potential to lose control and fail by making a few careless mistakes.
Compared to players who use defensive strategies, Keys prefers to square off against other powerful players. She frequently performs well at the US Open as well, having lost to Sloane Stephens for the title there in 2017. As a result, she will have a little advantage in this match.
Madison Keys to win in three sets.