2015 US Open Day 8 doubles preview: Paes-Hingis, Bopanna and Johnson-Querrey to play
India in action on Day 8We head into the 2nd week at the 2015 US Open after what has been a remarkable turn of events at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City.We have seen a lot of upsets in the first week as the number one seeded Bryan Brothers were knocked out in the 1st round in the Men’s doubles category. The Ladies draw is now truly open as Caroline Wozniacki and Gabrine Muguruza have both lost their round 2 matches.Let us have a look at some of the important doubles matches on day 8:
#1 Rohan Bopanna/Florin Mergea (6) vs Daniel Nestor/Edward Roger-Vasselin (9)
Category: Mixed Doubles
The Indian-Romanian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea will take on the Canadian-French pair of Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the 3rd round match at the 2015 US Open.
The number 6 seeded Indo-Romanian pair progressed through to round 3 with comfortable straight set victories over the doublet of Austin Krajicek/Nicholas Monroe(6-3,6-4) in the first round and the pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Santiago Gonzalez(6-3,7-6) in the second round, while the Canadian-French duo also won their matches without dropping a set against Chris Guccione/Andre Sa(6-4,6-4) and Jeremy Chardy/Lukasz Kubot(6-2,7-5) in the 1st round and the 2nd round respectively.
The two pairs have not met on the professional circuit and the element of surprise can come into play for the teams.
Prediction: The Indo-Romanian pair of Bopanna and Mergea to go through to the quarter-finals.
#2 Steve Johnson/Sam Querray vs Michael Russell/Donald Young
Category: Men’s Doubles
The duo of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey will take on the pair of Michael Russell and Donald Young in an all-American clash in the 3rd round at the 2015 US Open.
The American pair of Johnson and Querrey defeated the top-seeded Bryan Brothers(7-6,5-7,6-3) in the 1st round and the Indo-Spanish pair of Leander Paes/Fernando Verdasco(7-5,4-6,6-3) in the 2nd round while the other American pair of Russell and Young overcame the challenge posed by David Goffin/Dominic Thiem (6-3,3-6,6-3) and Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah(6-3,7-6) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.
The 26-year old Donald Young is still active in the Gentlemen’s singles category and will be playing against number 5 seeded Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16 clash.
The two pairs have not met each other on the professional circuit.
Prediction: The pair of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey to go through in a closely fought contest.
#3 Leander Paes/Martina Hingis (4) vs Simona Halep/Horia Tecau
Category: Mixed Doubles
The Indo-Swiss pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis will take on the all-Romanian team of Simona Halep and Horia Tecau in their 3rd round match at the 2015 US Open.
The Indo-Swiss pair progressed through to the 3rd round with victories over the pair of Clarie Liu/Taylor Fritz(6-2,6-2) in the 1st round and a walkover victory over the pair of Eugenie Bouchard/Nick Kyrgios in the 2nd round while the duo of Halep and Tecau won against Arantxa Parra Santonja/David Marrero(6-1,6-2) and the Spanish-German pair of Julia Goerges/Nenad Zimonjic(6-2,7-5) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.
The 23-year old Simona Halep is seeded 2nd in the Ladies Singles category and will be facing German International Sabine Lisicki her round of 16 clash.
Prediction: The Indo-Swiss pair to win the round with a straight sets victory.
#4 Rohan Bopanna/Yung-Jan chan (2) vs Su-Wei Hsieh/Henri Kontinen
Category: Mixed Doubles
The Indo-Taiwanese pair of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan will take on the Chinese-Finnish pair of Su-Wei Hsien and Henri Kontinen in their 3rd round clash at the 2015 US Open.
The duo of Bopanna and Jan Chan progressed through to the 3rd round with victories over Belinda Bencic/Fernando Verdasco(6-4,6-4) in the 1st round and the Russian-Austrian pair of Alla Kudryavtseva/Alexander Peya(3-6,6-3,10-8) in the 2nd round while the pair of Hsien and Kontinen won against Eric Butorac/Lauren Davis(6-4,6-7,10-5) and Sachia Vickery/Frances Tiafoe(7-5,7-5) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.
The two pairs will face each other for the 1st time on the professional circuit.
Prediction: The Indo-Taiwanese will go through to the next round with a comfortable victory.
#5 Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic (3) vs Lara Arruabarrena/Andreja Klepac (15)
Category: Ladies Doubles
The Hungarian-French duo of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic will face the Spanish-Slovakian pair of Lara Arruabarrena and Andreja Klepac in the round 3 match at the 2015 US Open.
The number 3 seeded duo of Babos and Mledenovic overcame the challenge of Cristina-Andreea Mitu/Teliana Pereira(6-1,7-6) in the 1st round and Dominika Cibulkova/Magdalena Rybarikova(6-4,6-4) in the 2nd round, while the pair of Lara and Andreja defeated Alize Cornet/Magda Linette(4-6,6-0,7-6) and Nicole Gibbs/Taylor Townsend(3-6,6-3,7-5) in the 1st round and the 2nd round respectively.
The pairs have not met each other on the professional circuit before.
Prediction: The Hungarian-French duo to win the match in straight sets.