(10) Karolína Plíšková (CZE) vs (2) Angelique Keber (GER)
With the exit of Serena Williams in the semi-final, Angelique Kerber takes the number 1 ranking which has been held by Serena Williams for almost 4 years. Kerber is having a career-best season. She has already claimed the Australian Open title and she fell just short in the Wimbledon final against Serena Williams. Now having taken the number 1 ranking for the first time in her career, she has a fantastic chance to claim her second major title.
Her opponent is Czech world number 11 and 10th seed Karolína Plíšková. Prior to the US Open, Plíšková had never progressed beyond the third round of a major. She now finds herself one win away from grand slam glory on the back of a sensational fortnight of tennis. She has overpowered her opponents this tournament and accounted for both of the Williams sisters en-route to the final.
The match-up between these two will most likely be a tight one. Kerber is the best in the game at the moment however Plíšková did defeat Kerber in the lead-up to the US open in Cincinnati which makes this a very interesting match-up.
How Karolína Plíšková will win…
Plíšková has brought a powerful game to Flushing Meadows over the past 2 weeks and will look to dominate the points with her powerful shot making. She has a great serve and will look to use that to her advantage to dictate and dominate points from the first few shots. She will have to put pressure on the Kerber serve which is also solid, but if she can serve well and get a few breaks of serve, she will be a big chance.
How Angelique Kerber will win…
Kerber will look to move Plíšková around during the points and won’t be afraid to get into long rallies and have her hitting plenty of shots. Plíšková’s major weakness is her movement and at 6 foot 2, she is one of the taller women on the tour. Kerber also possesses a powerful left-handed serve and she will most likely use the angles that her serve can generate to open up the court and move Plíšková around early on.
Kerber is in sensational form at the moment and has deservedly been rewarded with the number 1 ranking for what has been a great season. She enjoys the hard courts and took out the Australian Open title on a similar surface in January this year. Although Plíšková will bring a big-hitting game to the final, I except Kerber to be too strong and will claim her second grand slam win.
Kerber in straight sets.