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Matt Cronin's Day 2 Picks
WOMEN’S FIRST ROUND
No. 2 Victoria Azarenka vs. Dinah Pfizenmaier
Azarenka comes into then US Open in an entirely different position than even in 2012, when she already held a Grand Slam title and was considered one of the world’s best hard court players but had yet to show that she could best a healthy Serena Williams in a big match. This time, the 24-year-old enters the tournament with two 2013 final round victories over now-No. 1 Williams in Doha and Cincinnati. Those are not Grand Slam wins, but they were critical for Azarenka’s confidence, as both contests were tight and she was the one who came up with spectacular shots when it counted. In last year’s US Open final, it was Serena who produced the magic late in the third set.
In Pfizenmaier, Azarenka faces a talented young German who qualified and reached the third round of Roland Garros. The 21-year-old is a good mover and a decent ball striker, but her hard court results have been negligible this season. Azarenka is far more experienced on the big stage and should win this contest handily