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2019 US Open women’s tournament — staff predictions

Tennis Accent Staff

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Danielle Parhizkaran - USA TODAY SPORTS

Let’s see what our team thinks:

WILL SHARAPOVA UPSET SERENA?

JANE VOIGT: No

ANDREW BURTON: No

MERT ERTUNGA: No

BRIANA FOUST: No

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: No

NICK NEMEROFF: No

SUSIE REID: No

MATT ZEMEK: It depends on Serena’s back — leaning no

AZARENKA-SABALENKA PICK

JANE VOIGT: Sabalenka

ANDREW BURTON: Azarenka

MERT ERTUNGA: Azarenka

BRIANA FOUST: Sabalenka

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Azarenka

NICK NEMEROFF: Azarenka

SUSIE REID: Sabalenka

MATT ZEMEK: Azarenka

BEST FIRST-WEEK MATCH

JANE VOIGT: Sabalenka-Vekic

ANDREW BURTON: Kerber-Mladenovic

MERT ERTUNGA: Barty-Sakkari

NICK NEMEROFF: Serena-Hsieh

BRIANA FOUST: If you count the 4th round as Week 1: Andreescu-Halep

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Cornet-Pegula or Riske-Muguruza

SUSIE REID: Muchova-Hsieh or Bencic-Kontaveit

MATT ZEMEK: Barty-Sakkari

MOST TO GAIN

JANE VOIGT: Kenin

ANDREW BURTON: Andreescu

MERT ERTUNGA: Muguruza

BRIANA FOUST: Andreescu

NICK NEMEROFF: Serena

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Vandeweghe

SUSIE REID: Serena

MATT ZEMEK: Andreescu

MOST TO PROVE

JANE VOIGT: Kerber

ANDREW BURTON: Barty

MERT ERTUNGA: Stephens

BRIANA FOUST: Pliskova

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Bouchard

NICK NEMEROFF: Andreescu

SUSIE REID: Andreescu

MATT ZEMEK: Pliskova

12 different women have made major semifinals in 2019. Will it be 16 for 16, or will one or more women make a 2nd major semi at the Open? If the latter, who will make a second major semi this year? 

JANE VOIGT: Halep, Barty and Osaka

ANDREW BURTON: 16 for 16

MERT ERTUNGA: Barty, Halep, Osaka, Svitolina

BRIANA FOUST: Serena, Halep

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Halep and Barty

NICK NEMEROFF: Osaka, Serena, and Pliskova

SUSIE REID: Pliskova, Barty, Osaka, Halep

MATT ZEMEK: 16 for 16

PICK THE 4 SEMIFINALISTS

JANE VOIGT: Halep, Barty, Osaka, and Keys

ANDREW BURTON: Who knows?

MERT ERTUNGA: Barty, Halep, Osaka, Svitolina

BRIANA FOUST: Serena, Kenin, Halep, Goerges

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: Halep, Barty, and two others I don’t know

NICK NEMEROFF: Osaka, Andreescu, Serena, Pliskova

SUSIE REID: Pliskova, Barty, Osaka, Halep

MATT ZEMEK: I have no clue

THE ONE PRE-QUARTERFINAL MATCH LIKELY TO HAVE THE MOST INFLUENCE ON THE TOURNAMENT AND ITS OUTCOME 

JANE VOIGT: Andreescu-Halep

ANDREW BURTON: Kenin-Pliskova

MERT ERTUNGA: Andreescu-Halep

BRIANA FOUST: Sakkari-Barty

SKIP SCHWARZMAN: No idea

NICK NEMEROFF: Halep-Andreescu

SUSIE REID: Serena-Muchova

MATT ZEMEK: I have no clue

RUNNER-UP

JANE VOIGT: Halep

ANDREW BURTON: Bencic

MERT ERTUNGA: Barty

BRIANA FOUST: Halep

SUSIE REID: Barty

NICK NEMEROFF: Serena

MATT ZEMEK: I have no clue

CHAMPION

JANE VOIGT: Keys

ANDREW BURTON: Kenin

MERT ERTUNGA: Halep

BRIANA FOUST: Serena

NICK NEMEROFF: Andreescu

SUSIE REID: Halep

MATT ZEMEK: I have no clue

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