Kenin vs Jabeur US Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions
Sofia Kenin and Ons Jabeur clash in a rematch of their Australian Open quarterfinal at the US Open on Saturday.
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Kenin vs Jabeur is live from New York on Saturday 5 September, 6pm local/11pm BST
Sofia Kenin defeated Ons Jabeur on her way to her maiden Grand Slam title in January, and despite flying under the radar in the build-up to the US Open, the second seed is beginning to look very good and is yet to lose serve in New York.
Tunisia’s trailblazer Jabeur is playing the best tennis of her career right now – but she’s never been able to find a way past Kenin on hard courts. Can she avoid dropping to 1-5 vs the counterpunching American on Saturday?
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Kenin vs Jabeur: Head-to-head
Kenin leads the head-to-head with Jabeur 4-1, and has won both their previous meetings on hard courts in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
Kenin vs Jabeur: Preview
Despite the fact that she’s seeded second at this year’s US Open, Sofia Kenin has been little discussed in the run-up to the tournament – perhaps because she is in the same half of the draw as better-established Grand Slam champions like Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka, who she could face in the quarterfinals; and perhaps because the unusual events of 2020 meant that Kenin’s surprise win at the Australian Open received less attention that it usually might have.
Kenin did lose three of her next four matches after winning in Melbourne, but rebounded by winning her second WTA Tour title of the year in Lyon; she lost her only match coming into the US Open to Alize Cornet in straight sets, but she’s yet to lose a set or even have her serve broken in New York after wins over former semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer and rising Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez. I thought that Fernandez, a talented young lefty, might cause Kenin problems but actually the 21-year-old handled the Canadian with ease, winning 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round.
Kenin’s next task is to snap her three-match losing streak in US Open third rounds, and she’s up against an in-form but extremely familiar opponent in the form of Ons Jabeur, who she has played five times before – most recently beating Jabeur in the quarterfinals in Melbourne in January.
That run to the last eight in Melbourne was a historic one for Jabeur, who became the first Arab player to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. The 26-year-old Tunisian is a familiar face on the WTA Tour but has truly found her feet in the past couple of years, starting with a run to the final of Moscow at the end of 2018. She is 22-7 so far in 2020, and came into the US Open as one of the most in-form players thanks to runs to the quarterfinals of Lexington and ‘Cincinnati’. And a win over perennial dark horse Kaia Kanepi, a six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, 7-6(8), 6-0 in the second round must always impress.
Is there a way for Jabeur to beat Kenin? It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that it’s simply a very bad match-up for the Tunisian. Kenin is, fundamentally, a defensive counterpuncher but she’s also very quick to look for opportunities to transition forward into the court; Jabeur is an attacking player, an improviser, who thrives on producing unexpected winners. Kenin’s fantastic anticipation and footspeed makes patient point construction, of the kind Jabeur does not excel at, or sheer power the only way to beat her.
Kenin vs Jabeur: Prediction
Teenage superstar in the making Coco Gauff looks to secure a place in the second WTA semifinal of her career as she faces Arab trailblazer Ons Jabeur in Lexington.
Gauff vs Jabeur is live from Lexington on Friday 14 August at 4pm local/9pm BST
Sixteen-year-old sensation Coco Gauff is aiming to reach her first WTA Tour semifinal on home soil as the WTA restart event in Lexington, Kentucky heads towards the weekend in triumphant style.
After ousting second seed Aryna Sabalenka in a lengthy contest, Gauff takes aim at eighth seed Ons Jabeur, the unconventional trailblazer who made a historic run to the Australian Open quarterfinals in January.
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Gauff vs Jabeur: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between Gauff and Jabeur.
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Gauff’s absence from competition has been even longer than most – she has not played since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January to eventual champion Sofia Kenin – but the 16-year-old has been just as impressive on her return to WTA Tour tennis as she was before the hiatus, recording wins over Caroline Dolehide and Aryna Sabalenka to make the quarterfinals in Lexington.
That’s not to say that there hasn’t been rust evident for Gauff. She served well but struggled with some other aspects of her game in a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Dolehide; against world no. 11 Sabalenka, the reverse was the case with Gauff’s serve probably the weakest part of her performance.
It was, overall, an incredibly impressive performance. Second-seeded Sabalenka was playing fantastic tennis before the shutdown, winning the Qatar Total Open in Doha, and she brought her full arsenal of blistering power off both wings to the clash, complete with patches of wild unforced errors. The Belarusian was the first to break in the clash before Gauff broke back and led 5-2, only for Sabalenka to reel off five games and serve for the set at 6-5. The swings of momentum in the match were primarily attributable to Sabalenka’s game going on and off the boil, but Gauff really impressed with the way she handled those swings, and continued to deliver on the key moments: Sabalenka’s unforced errors were mainly responsible for the 5-0 lead to which Gauff jumped out in the tie-break, but then the Belarusian played much better tennis and threatened to get back on level terms, only for Gauff to pull out some tremendous tennis to close out the set, showcasing an impressive turn of speed to chase down Sabalenka’s short ball for the winner.
Eight double faults from Gauff (for just two aces) was not what the young American wanted, but she saved 9 of the 16 break points she faced compared to 5 of 12 saved by Sabalenka, and when the third set began with a frustrating exchange of breaks she continued to impress with her resilience.
She’ll need the same quality against Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian has been a connoisseur’s choice for some years now, but since her run to the Moscow final at the end of 2018, Jabeur has been showing that her unconventional brand of tennis can be as effective as it is watchable. In 2019, she made semifinals in Eastbourne and Tianjin, and reached the third round of the US Open; and at the Australian Open in January, she made history as the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam as she defeated Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta and Wang Qiang before eventually falling to Sofia Kenin.
Before the shutdown, Jabeur snapped a six-match losing streak to top-10 players when she beat Karolina Pliskova in Doha, and despite obvious and to-be-expected rust, she has been playing well in Lexington. A 6-2, 6-4 victory over Caty McNally was followed by an impressive comeback from a set down against match-tough qualifier Olga Govortsova in the second round, the eighth seed shaking off a frustrating, low-energy first set to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The anticipation and footspeed Gauff showed in chasing down Sabalenka’s short balls will stand her in good stead against Jabeur, but as much as anything, it’s Gauff’s propensity to elicit errors from her opponent that give her the advantage in this one. Jabeur will likely hit a hot streak at some point and take a set, but Gauff should be able to outsteady the Tunisian to make her second WTA Tour career semifinal in Lexington.