2018 US Open Champion, Naomi Osaka has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Brisbane International in Australia. The Japanese superstar is set to play Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia.
Anastasija Sevastova won her second round match in dominant style as she beat Harriet Dart from the United Kingdom. During the win, Anastasija Sevastova served exceptionally well as she won 76% of the service points which prevented Hart from winning any service games. Furthermore, Anastasija Sevastova broke her opponents serve on 5 occasions to win the match with ease. This match is set to be a much harder challenge for Anastasija Sevastova as she is playing a more skilled opponent.
On the other side of the court, Naomi Osaka was also very dominant in her previous match. Osaka beat her opponent in straight sets. Osaka won 3 breakpoints while winning all of her service games to ensure she made it into the quarterfinals with ease. During the win, Osaka’s most impressive asset was her serve as she hit 9 aces and won over 66% of her service points. It is going to be important that Osaka can maintain such standards as she will be tested by Anastasija Sevastova.
Anastasija Sevastova and Naomi Osaka have played 3 times in the past with Sevastova holding the stronger record of 2-1. The most recent match between these two players was last season at WTA Beijing where Anastasija Sevastova won in straight sets. Naomi Osaka’s last win over Anastasija Sevastova in 2017 at the WTA Canadian Masters.
This should be a very close match which is hard to predict since both players are playing very well. That being said, I am picking Anastasija Sevastova to win this match since she seems to have a good record against Osaka having beaten her twice last season. With head-to-head form on her side, I see Anastasija Sevastova making the semifinals of this tournament.