Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Naomi Osaka
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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At the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Masters, Naomi Osaka will play against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich enters this match having defeated Astra Sharma in 3 sets in the previous round. During the win, Sasnovich dominated with her returning. Aliaksandra Sasnovich won 51% of his receiving points which allowed her to break Astra Sharma’s serve on 6 occasions. Aliaksandra Sasnovich won 50% of her return games and 83% of her service games to ensure she had control of the match. It has been a tough few months for Aliaksandra Sasnovich as her win against Sharma was her first victory since the Madrid Masters in May. This is expected to be a tough match for Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she is playing against the number 2 seed.
Looking at Naomi Osaka, the Japanese superstar received a bye in the opening round due to her high seeding. Following her campaign at the Rogers Cup, Osaka has returned to number 1 on the WTA rankings. Osaka made the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup where she was eliminated by Serena Williams. It has been a relatively tough few months for Osaka but following her campaign at the Rogers Cup, she looks to be back in decent form.
Naomi Osaka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich have played each other 3 times in the past. Naomi Osaka has won all 3 head-to-head matches. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Madrid Masters where Naomi Osaka won in straight sets. Osaka has defeated Sasnovich twice on hard courts including a win at the US Open last season. In the 3 matches, Aliaksandra Sasnovich is yet to win a set.
Despite her win against Astra Sharma, Aliaksandra Sasnovich looks in poor form and her 2019 season been awful. While Osaka has also struggled in recent months, the Japanese superstar looks to be playing well following her campaign at the Rogers Cup. Osaka is a significantly stronger player and this has been evident in the prior head-to-head matches. I see Naomi Osaka winning this match with some ease.