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By Erik Gudris | Saturday, August 30, 2014

 
Sharapova US Open 2014

Day seven at the US Open features several high profile matches with everyone aiming for their place in the second week.

Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Day seven in Flushing Meadows will have several must see matches as everyone seeks to reach the second week. Here's a preview of what to expect.

(5) Maria Sharapova vs. (10) Caroline Wozniacki, Ashe Stadium

We may have penciled in Sharapova to be here at this stage, but perhaps not Wozniacki. The former US Open finalist though continues enjoying a summer resurgence after a rough start to this season. Sharapova leads the head-to-head 5 to 2, but Wozniacki is playing the kind of tennis that took her to No.1, and also allowed her to beat Sharapova in New York a few years ago.

Feeling more confident than in a long time, Wozniacki just might pull off the upset. Sharapova, however, will fight as she does best to prevent that. This could be a great battle.

Pick: Sharapova

(7) Grigor Dimitrov vs. David Goffin, Ashe Stadium

Dimitrov seeks to back up his recent Wimbledon semifinal with perhaps yet another final four result in New York. First, he'll need to defeat the recently red-hot Goffin of Belgium. Goffin, who went on a 25-match win streak that ended in Winston-Salem, can not be discounted in this first ever main draw meeting.

Dimitrov will enter as the favorite. But if he lets Goffin get chances, this easily could be another five set night battle that New York is famous for.

Pick: Dimitrov

(9) Jelena Jankovic vs. Belinda Bencic, Ashe Stadium


An intriguing first round meeting between one of the tour's veterans and one of its rising stars. 17-year-old Bencic knocked out Angelique Kerber and continues proving that she is definitely a player to watch. Though her emotions sometimes get the better of her, her solid backcourt game makes her a threat.

Not many have been talking about Jankovic to make a deep run in New York. But with her draw now opening up, she has a great chance to reach the semis. First, she has to make sure she doesn't get drawn into a lengthy battle with Bencic who can stay with her from the backcourt. Experience should prevail though.

Pick: Jankovic

(12) Richard Gasquet vs. (20) Gael Monfils, Armstrong Stadium


Both are French, but these good friends are very different when it comes to playing tennis. Gasquet, a semifinalist last year, earns raves for his one-handed backhand. Monfils, earns gasps for his often inexplicable yet incredible shotmaking. These two played an entertaining match on Armstrong a few years ago that Monfils won.

If "La Monf" doesn't let his theatrics get the better of him, which sometimes they can, then he will likely entertain the crowd yet again with another win.

Pick: Monfils

(12) Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Williams Sisters, Armstrong Stadium


Serena and Venus Williams continue their quest for another Grand Slam doubles title. They face a solid all-Spanish team in Muguruza and Suarez Navarro. Muguruza is best known for having beaten Serena Williams earlier this year at Roland Garros. This could be a close one.

Pick: Muguruza and Suarez Navarro

Complete order of play can be found here.

 

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