Ashleigh Barty vs. Naomi Osaka
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5:30 AM (Shenzhen Bay Sports Center)
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In the group stage of the 2019 WTA Finals, Ashleigh Barty will face Naomi Osaka.
Ashleigh Barty won her opening match in 3 sets as she defeated Belinda Bencic from Switzerland. It was a poor start to the match for Barty as she lost the opening set 6-5 but the Australian bounced back strongly to win the final 2 sets with some ease. The serving was very strong from Ashleigh Barty as she hit 10 aces which helped her win 70% of her service points. Ashleigh Barty won 93% of her service games and 4 return games to secure a good win. This is a big match for Ashleigh Barty as it is likely to determine the top-ranked player in the group.
On the other side of the coin, Naomi Osaka also won her previous match in 3 sets as she defeated Petra Kvitova. It was an extremely close match with Kvitova and Osaka closely contesting every point. Osaka won a vital return game in the final set which allowed her to take the victory. The returning was the strength for Naomi Osaka as she won close to 40% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. Osaka has found some good form in recent months and she will be hoping to finish her season with a big win.
Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka have played each other 4 times in the past with each player winning on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was a few weeks ago at the China Open where Naomi Osaka won in straight sets.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Naomi Osaka to win this match. Naomi Osaka just won the China Open and she has the momentum on her side having defeated Barty at the tournament. This should be a close match but I see Osaka having enough to get the victory.