Hsieh Su-wei vs. Naomi Osaka
|Date & Time||Thursday August 15, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
The Line: -- Over/Under:
World number 1, Naomi Osaka has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Masters in Ohio. At this stage of the tournament, Naomi Osaka will play against Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan.
Hsieh Su-wei defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets in the previous round. During the win, Hseih impressed with her serving as she won 75% of her service points which allowed her to win 90% of her service games. The receiving was also impressive from Hsieh Su-wei as she won 40% of her receiving points and 3 return games. Hsieh Su-wei has been in decent touch as she recently made the quarterfinals of the Citi Open. That being said, this is expected to be a tough match as Hsieh Su-wei is playing against an elite opponent.
On the other side of the coin, Naomi Osaka won her previous match in 3 sets as she defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus. Osaka impressed with her receiving as she won close to 40% of her receiving points which led her to win 4 return games. While the result was desirable, Osaka has not looked at her best. Osaka looked tentative at the Rogers Cup and her form at this event has not been great. This match could be a challenge for Naomi Osaka since Hsieh Su-wei is a very solid opponent.
Hsieh Su-wei and Naomi Osaka have played each other 4 times in the past. Osaka has won on 3 occasions while Hsieh has won only once. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Stuttgart Open where Osaka won in straight sets. Hsieh Su-wei defeated Naomi Osaka this season at the Miami Masters.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict an upset in this match. Naomi Osaka has not looked in good touch and she seems to be struggling against most opponents. Hsieh Su-wei has been playing solid tennis and I see her being good enough to eliminate Osaka.