Steve Flink on the US Open’s female draw: “Is this Serena Williams’ last chance? Osaka is the favourite, if healthy” - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Media

Steve Flink on the US Open’s female draw: “Is this Serena Williams’ last chance? Osaka is the favourite, if healthy”

Published

on

Here’s the men’s preview too

UbiTennis’s own Ubaldo Scanagatta is joined by Hall-of-Famer Steve Flink to predict the outcome of the New York Major. Will Serena benefit from more rest between matches? How will she cope with the lack of public? Osaka could be the best in the field, but her withdrawal from Saturday’s final is a concern – was it just precautional? Steve also talks about his new masterful book, “Pete Sampras. Greatness Revisited”, available on Amazon starting September 1.

Here’s the chat:

VIDEO SCHEDULE

00:00: Will an asterisk be needed for this edition of the US Open? “Well, six members of the Top 10 are missing… However, it will also depend on who the winner will be.”

02:24: Can Serena Williams notch her 24th Major title? “She has gone to a decider in every single match she’s played after the lockdown – she was gutsy, but perhaps not as dominant as she needs to be.”

06:10: Can she be counted out, though? “During a Slam, players have more time to recover…”

07:21: More about Serena: “The absence of the crowd is sending a shock through her system; it would have been the same had Federer come over.” Can she overcome the lack of support and maybe even influence the umpire? A potentially interesting match-up in the third round with another former US Open champion, Sloane Stephens…

12:05: A second round rendez-vous between Olympic champions? “Williams v Puig would be interesting; the Puerto Rican would not be intimidated, that’s for sure!”

14:56: “Next up for Serena would be a fourth-round encounter with Maria Sakkari, who just beat her in New York, and then either Muguruza or Keys – who would you rather have her play?”

17:12: Bottom half of the draw: “Kenin could have her hands full with Jabeur’s variety in the third round…”. How would the Australian Open winner fare against Sabalenka in the quarter finals?

19:24: “Jo Konta is in Sabalenka’s eighth, and she is a very consistent player, while some the other players are more unpredictable…”. Final predictions on the bottom half of the draw. 

21:57: Top half of the draw: “Karolina Pliskova is the first seed, but she might play Garcia or Brady early on, players who are better than their ranking shows…”. Is Kerber going to flame out early too?

24:17: “Osaka is the favourite to at least reach the final.” Will her stand on racial injustice distract her? What about the injury that forced her to miss the Cincinnati final against Azarenka? “She wasn’t very constant in Cincinnati, especially against Kontaveit, whom she might face again in the fourth round, but she would still be my pick to win it.” Could Camila Giorgi be a hurdle in the second round?

27:10: “Sevastova v Gauff is a very interesting first-round match, even though the American was very disappointing this week…”. Could Coco set up a meeting with Osaka in the third round?

27:59: “Kvitova is an underdog who could actually be better than the seeds!” She could play Osaka in the quarter finals.

28:24: “So many European players are staying home, so there are lots of good American players. Who will fare better among them?” Whose groundstrokes are more wayward – Ubaldo’s or Townsend’s?

30:33: Steve Flink’s new book is “Pete Sampras. Greatness Revisited”, available for purchase on Amazon starting September 1: “It’s a journey through Pete’s career, through what his peers say about him, and through what he says about himself.”

32:30: Sampras won 14 of the 18 Slam finals he played: did he have any weaknesses?

33:10: His final win came at his very last tournament, the 2002 US Open, after Greg Rusedski claimed that he was not at his peak anymore – what does the Brit think now about his past comments? “He sharpened Pete’s game for the later round, we can definitely say that!”

35:13: “Ivan Lendl claims that Sampras had the bad luck of being followed by Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – is he right? How would he fare against the Big Three?”

Media

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Danielle Collins Triumphs In Miami As Elena Rybakina Pays The Price For Three Set Marathons

Danielle Collins achieved a landmark title as Elena Rybakina paid the price for three set contests in the Miami final.

Published

on

(@usopen - Twitter)

Danielle Collins claimed her first WTA 1000 title of her career in Miami, defeating Elena Rybakina in the final.

The American claimed the title to seal a fairytale week as she prepares to say goodbye to Tennis after this season.

After a three set match against Bernarda Pera in the opening round, Collins won all her remaining matches in straight sets to claim a landmark title.

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta speak about Collins’ achievement and whether she would consider retirement. Plus there is talk about Elena Rybakina and whether the three set marathons cost her the title.

Continue Reading

Media

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Who Is The Better Player Between Jannik Sinner And Carlos Alcaraz?

Steve Flink joins Ubitenis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta to look back on events that took place in the men’s draw at the Miami Open.

Published

on

Jannik Sinner (left) and Carlos Alcaraz (right) - Indian Wells 2024 (photo Twitter X @BNPPARIBASOPEN)

On Sunday Jannik Sinner continued his stunning start to the season by convincingly capturing the Miami Open title.

The Italian dismissed an in-form Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to achieve a series of new milestones in his blossoming career. Sinner has now risen to No.2 in the ATP PIF rankings which is the best-ever position achieved by a player from Italy. He is also the first man from his country to win multiple Masters 1000 titles and has now won 22 out of 23 matches played so far this season.

Carlos Alcaraz is the only player to have beaten Sinner in 2024 which was at the Indian Wells Masters where he went on to claim the trophy. The Spaniard fell in the quarter-finals in Miami to Dimitrov.

With Novak Djokovic opting not to play in the tournament, much of the focus was on these two players who are tipped to become the future heavyweights of the sport. However, who is the more complete player and why?

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta provide their analysis of both players. The duo also reflect on other notable developments in Miami, including Dimitrov’s stunning run to the final which has secured his return to the top 10 for the first time since 2018. On top of that, what is next for Djokovic?

Continue Reading

Media

(VIDEO) Miami Open Women’s Draw Preview: Is Iga Swiatek Unbeatable?

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink discussed the dominance of Iga Swiatek as the world number one searches for the sunshine double.

Published

on

(@BNPPARIBASOPEN - Twitter)

Iga Swiatek continued to show her dominance as world number one at Indian Wells and will look to do the same in Miami.

The Pole is aiming to complete the sunshine double in Miami after claiming her second Indian Wells title.

The world number one is the best player in the world and continues to grow in confidence as she extended her lead at the top of the rankings over Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina.

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta and Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink discussed Swiatek and how her dominance can translate into Grand Slam title.

There was also talks over Coco Gauff’s double faults, a more motivated Jessica Pegula as well as the return of Simona Halep.

Continue Reading

Trending