Naomi Osaka vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 28, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
The Line: Osaka -716 / Schmiedlova +559 -- Over/Under:
Naomi Osaka and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Naomi Osaka was starting to build some consistency to her up and down season, but she just pulled out of the Italian Open due to a thumb injury. Osaka claimed she couldn’t move her thumb, so it’s going to be interesting to see what she looks like early in this opening match. If healthy and playing well, Osaka is easily a top-three favorite to win this title. However, Osaka has had issues with her form this year and has dealt with off the court distractions as well. Throw in this recent injury, and there’s reason to question if the top player in the world can make a deep tournament run. Osaka has lost in the first round of a grand slam just once in her career. Osaka has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is coming off a loss in Strasbourg where she won 42 percent of her service points and was broken five times. Schmiedlova hasn’t looked good since Hobart if we’re being honest, and this match will be extremely painless if she brings those serving troubles to the table again. Schmiedlova has lost her last four sets overall and has been broken a combined 10 times during that span. Schmiedlova hasn’t won a grand slam match since the 2015 US Open. Schmiedlova has two career wins over top-10 players, but none of those wins have come since the 2016 Olympics. Schmiedlova has split her last six matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
With Schmiedlova having major issues with her serve, Osaka should be able to have a field day with her return and win this match in straight sets. The only issue is Osaka’s thumb, as it’s not easy to play or even hold a racket if you have no feeling in your fingers. Assuming Osaka is good to go and has treated the problem, she’ll cruise in this match easily.
Give m Osaka in straight sets.