Nordqvist and Thompson set for Solheim Cup repeat: preview of the final day singles

Europe leads the United States 9-7 heading into the 12 singles matches that will decide the fate of the 2021 Solheim Cup.

Deja vu.

Sort of.

Four years on from leading their two teams out in the singles at the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist get to do it all over again.

That battle in Iowa was one of the great Solheim matches: Nordqvist led by four at the turn, Thompson played the next five holes in 6-under, she took the lead with a birdie at 16, and then the Swede, refusing to buckle, answered with a match halving par breaker at the last - it all amounted to a sensational better-ball of 60.

The difference this year? The match is a lot tighter.

Four years ago the Americans led 10.5-5.5 and could afford to stumble over the line if they needed to.

This time around Europe holds a 9-7 advantage and anything could happen: Thompson and Nordqvist might not produce quite so many par breakers this Sunday but the tone they set has the potential to be far more important. Game on.

Let's take a closer look at all 12 matches.

Anna Nordqvist (EUR) vs. Lexi Thompson (USA)

Will we get a repeat? Thompson has won one, lost one and halved two of her previous singles. Nordqvist lost her first two singles, both to Morgan Pressel, but has since added two wins and two halves. Nordqvist has won two points from three this week, Thompson one from three. Thompson has led from the front in US victories in 2015 and 2017. Fingers crossed for another epic.

Madelene Sagstrom (EUR) vs. Ally Ewing (USA)

Ewing was the Bank of Hope Match Play winner in May, but lost her first Solheim singles two years ago. Sagstrom was a fine winner against Austin Ernst on debut. Ewing has had a win, a loss and a half this week, Sagstrom two defeats. Two players who will have hoped for much more this week. Last chance saloon.

Leona Maguire (EUR) vs. Jennifer Kupcho (USA)

Battle of the best rookies of the week. Maguire has been superb, claiming three and a half points alongside Mel Reid and Georgia Hall. Kupcho has recorded two and a half points from her three outings and was delivered a very Dottie Pepper line of analysis yesterday. Pepper by nature as well as name (she once described American players as "chokin' freakin' dogs", not knowing she was live on air), the TV commentator watched Kupcho drain a birdie putt and drily noted it was about time she contributed.

Georgia Hall (EUR) vs. Nelly Korda (USA)

Korda won her singles two years ago while Hall lost 1-down to Paula Creamer on debut before adding victory over Lexi Thompson in Gleneagles. Hall has landed a win, a half and a loss this week, Korda one win and two defeats. The American started the week seeking underdog status, looked flat in the opening game, was caught up in the overhanging ball fiasco a little like a deer in the headlights, and was very flat next morning when suffering a 5&4 drubbing. You simply don't get to be the best in the world without having the abilities to move through the gears, but this is a good opportunity for Hall to topple her and she's odds against.

Celine Boutier (EUR) vs. Mina Harigae (USA)

Boutier beat Angela Park two years ago when unbeaten all week. This time around she opened with a half point and then wasn't seen until late yesterday when she was beaten alongside Popov. Harigae struggled on day one with Thompson, but claimed good points alongside Noh late yesterday.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen (EUR) vs. Austin Ernst (USA)

Ernst lost 3&2 to Sagstrom in 2017 and has one point from three this week. Debutant Koerstz Madsen has a win and a loss.

Matilda Castren (EUR) vs. Lizette Salas (USA)

Salas has proved herself a difficult foe in the singles. She halved with Suzann Pettersen on debut in 2013 and has then claimed three wins. She has also won two and halved one match this week. A pretty good record. Castren won both her opening day matches with Nordqvist, but lost her only effort yesterday. Salas is available at evens to maintain her fine run.

Carlota Ciganda (EUR) vs. Brittany Altomare (USA)

A clash to two players with formidable records in the format. Ciganda has not only won three and halved her fourth singles match, she also achieved it all against high-quality opposition (beating Pressel, Brittany Lincicome, Kang, halving with Thompson). Altomare trampled Jodi Ewart Shadoff 5&4 on debut two years ago. Ciganda has won one, lost one this week. Altomare lost both her Friday matches, but won her only game yesterday.

Sophia Popov (EUR) vs. Megan Khang (USA)

Khang earned a solid half against Hull on debut in 2019. She has a half and a loss this week. Popov has drained some putts this week but is 0-for-2. Both looking to make up for weeks they won't have hoped for. Popov made the final of the Bank of Hope Match Play and both her defeats this week went deep.

Mel Reid (EUR) vs. Yealimi Noh (USA)

Reid has won one, lost two of her previous singles, but looks a very different beast this week: still determined, but relaxed rather than frenetic. She also thrived as a partner with Maguire - can she spin-off that when alone? Noh has been little used. She suffered a narrow defeat against the rampaging Reid/Maguire on day one and claimed a win yesterday. She might have been overlooked by the compilers as well as her captain and is priced 13/10.

Charley Hull (EUR) vs. Jessica Korda (USA)

Korda has a win and a half from her past singles matches, Hull has two wins, a half and one loss in her logbook. Hull has two points from three this week, Korda has lost both her matches. Hull at evens looks one of the best prices of the day, especially with reports that Korda has been feeling ill.

Emily K. Pedersen (EUR) vs. Danielle Kang (USA)

A repeat of their 2017 match when Kang won 3&1. This year has the additional storyline that Pedersen's partner Olly Brett is Kang's caddie. Kang lost to Ciganda two years ago.

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