Naomi Osaka and Camila Giorgi face off on Wednesday, in what is sure to be a heavy hitting clash between the pair. Osaka remains one of the favourites to win the tournament and is expected to advance to the third round where either Anastasija Sevastova or Marta Kostyuk await.
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After withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open final on Saturday, there may have been some doubts as to Osaka’s readiness heading into her opening round match with Misaki Doi. A 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Doi is worse than expected but the 2018 champion is not too concerned just yet. “I felt like my ball toss could have been better, but it did what it needed to do on the very important points, so I can’t be that mad. I still have to practice.” she said afterwards.
Giorgi was also a winner in three, closing out a tight one against Alison Van Uytvanck. The Italian’s ultra aggressive style posed many a player problems in the past but the consistency remains absent and very few successes coming against the higher ranked players who know how to contain Giorgi’s power.
“I’ve played her before. She’s very unpredictable for me. I just have to be on my toes.” Osaka said of her opponent. She won their only meeting in Tokyo two years ago but it’s fair to say that the pair’s careers have gone in opposite directions since then. Osaka added another slam in that time while Giorgi is hanging around the top 100 with few big wins to shout about.
Prediction – Naomi Osaka in straight sets