Dominika Cibulkova vs. Naomi Osaka
|Date & Time||Thursday May 16, 2019, 4:00 AM (EDT)|
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Dominika Cibulkova and Naomi Osaka meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Italian Open.
Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a straight sets win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 71 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Cibulkova won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her seven break points. Cibulkova got a confidence boosting victory considering these have been some very frustrating months for her with losses in eight of her last 12 matches. And even with the losses and struggling form overall, Cibulkova’s competitiveness nature and feistiness doesn’t need much to be reignited, so she’s not a player to overlook when coming off a victory. Cibulkova has 35 career wins over top-10 players and three of those wins came last year. Cibulkova has lost two of her last three matches on clay court.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a quarterfinal appearance in Madrid and has won eight of hr last 12 matches overall. Osaka is showing signs of breaking out of her funk since the Australian Open, but her serve continues to be a bit up and down, and she’s coming off a match where she provided 12 break points. Osaka is capable of playing better tennis than what she’s shown up to this point, but issues with form has been normal on the women’s side whenever coming off a grand slam title. We’ve seen it with numerous players, so I guess we just ride it out a few more weeks with Osaka until the French Open. Osaka has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.
These two have played three times and Osaka has won all three meetings in straight sets, including the most recent meeting last week in Madrid.
It’s going to be interesting to see which Cibulkova we get now that she’s coming off a win. When feeling good and playing with that feisty spirit, Cibulkova can beat anybody. The problem is Cibulkova hasn’t provided any consistent success in months, so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger. Osaka has shown flashes over the last week and has had no problem hitting through Cibulkova, which includes a straight sets win a week ago.
I have to side with Osaka.