When discussing the women’s event at the Australian Open 2021, the focus was mostly on the lower half of the draw

This was halfway with nine Grand Slam champions.At the beginning of the tournament, one of these nine – Bianca Andreescu – celebrated a much-anticipated comeback. Set up games that led the schedule for day 7 Naomi Osaka saved match points to deny Garbine Muguruza, Serena Williams survived a bloody clash with Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep, revenging her loss at the French Open to Iga Swiatek

At the same time, several threats with comparatively little fanfare appeared in the upper half. And with No. 1 seed Ash Barty is the only player who still has a Grand Slam title in this half There is an opportunity for a quartet of players to achieve great things

Elise Mertens, Jennifer Brady, Karolina Muchova and Donna Vekic stay alive in the tournament.All have a Grand Slam pedigree, with everyone having reached at least the quarter-finals of a major.All are grouped around a similar ranking and age group

And three of them – Mertens, Brady and Muchova – arrived in week two without dropping a set

Two of them are guaranteed to move forward because they face the other two Mertens plays Muchova while Brady takes on Vekic

Brady was perhaps the most impressive of the group and only lost 11 games in her first three rounds. The American, a US Open semi-finalist from last year, dismantled Kaja Juvan in the third round to make up for her win-loss- Improving the record from 2021 to 6-2

“I think I’ll get out of there, I have a mission and I’m on the mission,” said the American, who also appeared in the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2017. “I play pretty solid tennis and don’t really give up lots of free points I think that’s the key ”

Solid tennis can be an understatement given the level Brady has reached over the past six months

We saw it last year in North America when the 25-year-old won the WTA Lexington title and then made it to the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set on any of those match wins

Your eventual loss to Naomi Osaka in your last four games in New York has been widely recognized as one of the best Grand Slam games for women in recent history

Osaka himself said, “My semifinal against Brady was probably like the two best games I’ve played in my life”

Vekic has a tough task ahead of her when she faces Brady’s barrage, a mix of vicious kick serves and heavy forehead lashed with speed and spin

But the Croatian has her own weapons – especially the serve – and more experience at the highest level, having played regularly in the main draw in slams for four years longer than Brady, who later joined the tour after traveling through the US had come college tennis system

Vekic, a 2019 US Open quarter-finals that has now reached week two of all four Grand Slam tournaments, has so far been forced to fight hard in their games at AO 2021

She even saved a match point in round three in an impressive triumph over the giant killer Kaia Kanepi

“It might sound a bit weird being in week two, but I think I’m still far from my best tennis so hopefully I can keep improving,” said Vekic, the 28th player Seeds

When she fought her way to victory against Kanepi in two hours and 32 minutes on Saturday, Mertens only needed 62 minutes to beat Belinda Bencic aside

This was a statement made by the Belgian in 16th place given Bencic’s status as a former World No4 and semi-finalist at the 2019 US Open

Mertens just flies and is unbeaten in seven games in 2021 after winning the WTA Gippsland Trophy last week.She has now won 30 of her last 37 games dating back to August last year and as ausopencom reported on Saturday that she was advanced into second week in five of their last six slams

Mertens, a semi-finalist of the Australian Open 2018, is next up against the stylish Muchova, who made the former world No. 1 defeated1 Karolina Pliskova reaches the last 16 in straight sets for the first time at Melbourne Park

Muchova is already Wimbledon quarterfinals (2019) and finisher of the fourth round at the US Open last year Because of her athleticism, stroke production, and variety, Muchova is one of the most observable emerging stars on tour

With this approach, which is compared to Mertens tireless accuracy, consistency and strength, he creates the conditions for a fantastic style contrast

“It’s always nice to be in the second week of the Grand Slam,” said Muchova, number 1 in the world27

“I know Elise. I played her in Ostrava not long ago (Muchova lost 6-4 6-2). She is a very good player

If these women continue their advances in Melbourne Park, they will not be able to avoid the spotlights for much longer

Tennis Australia recognizes that the AO takes place in Aboriginal land and we thank the traditional owners, their ancestors and elders past, present and genesis, and all of the First Nations people


World news – AU – Mertens, Brady, Muchova, Vekic: threats that fly under the radar

Source: https://ausopen.com/articles/features/mertens-brady-muchova-vekic-threats-flying-under-radar