Japanese tennis superstar, Naomi Osaka is set to begin her 2019 season at the WTA Brisbane International where she is set to play Destanee Aiava from Australia.
Naomi Osaka had a very strong 2018 season which was highlighted by her US Open victory. In addition to her grand slam win, Osaka also made 2 other finals which showed the exceptional form for the Japanese superstar. Osaka last competed at the WTA Finals in Singapore where she failed to make it into the second round although she showed good skill throughout the tournament. Osaka is a very strong hard court player and she has made multiple finals on the particular surface meaning she should enjoy the conditions presented at the Australian Open.
On the other side of the court, Destanee Aiava enters this match having won her opening match in straight sets. I was a good performance by Destanee Aiava as she served exceptionally well which resulted in her winning all of her service games. Furthermore, Destanee Aiava won a vital breakpoint in the opening set to give herself a big advantage. While Destanee Aiava’s form looks good, I see her struggling in this match as she is facing one of the top players in the world. If Destanee Aiava is to compete, she must make use of her home court advantage as she is playing in her home country of Australia.
This will be the first time that Destanee Aiava and Naomi Osaka will be playing each other at a WTA event.
All in all, I am picking Naomi Osaka to win this match. Osaka is the stronger player and she has much more experience when compared to Destanee Aiava. With a strong 2018 season under her belt, I see Naomi Osaka winning her first match of 2019 with some ease.