Naomi Osaka vs. Danielle Collins
|Date & Time||Monday March 11, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Naomi Osaka and Danielle Collins meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 67 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Osaka won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her 10 break points. Osaka looked like the player of the old for the most part, as she was aggressive with her return and was in control of majority of the points. While it’s just one match and this will be a steeper test, Osaka’s performance does make you feel a bit better after what took place in Dubai. It’s safe to say Osaka is one of the top favorites to win this tournament. Osaka has won eight of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court.
Danielle Collins is coming off a straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Collins won 64 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Collins won 63 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 10 break points. Collins was her usual self in the victory, hitting the ball with great pace and bringing that fiery competitive spirit to the court. Collins has to have a new level of confidence with the way she’s started the season and a win here would take her to new heights. Collins has two career wins over top-10 players, including one this year over Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open. Collins has won six of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Beijing last year, a match Osaka won in straight sets. The match took 13 games to be decided.
Collins is no pushover with how aggressive she is on the court, and she’s sure to have some of the fans behind her, even if Osaka gets a good portion of the fans as well. This is going to be a hell of a match between two aggressive, passionate players. With that said, I don’t pick against Osaka often when she’s at the top of her game, and she is somebody who could use Collins’ pace against her. The previous match between these two wasn’t pretty.
I have to side with Osaka.