Naomi Osaka vs. Katerina Siniakova
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Naomi Osaka and Katerina Siniakova meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a three sets win over Victoria Azarenka that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 61 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Osaka won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 15 break points. Osaka got 63 percent of her first serves in play and saved seven of her 11 break points. Osaka got off to another slow start and hit 43 unforced errors while having to play nearly three hours of tennis. Give credit to Osaka for digging deep and finding a way to win matches after dropping the first set, but the early workload could be her downfall when it comes to winning her third grand slam title. Osaka hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in her last six tries. Osaka has won four of her last five matches on clay court.
Katerina Siniakova is coming off a three sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Siniakova won 56 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Siniakova won 52 percent of her total service points and converted on eight of her 14 break points. Siniakova got 68 percent of her first serves in play and saved five of her 11 break points. Siniakova will have to be much better with her serve and clean up the unforced errors, as she’s produced 69 errors in her first two matches. Siniakova hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career. Siniakova has four career wins over top-10 players, with the most recent coming last year in the Wuhan Open. Siniakova has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
These two played once, which was in Doha of 2018, a match Osaka won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
Osaka has had back-to-back scares and has yet to put together a match where she looks like somebody who can win this tournament. However, Siniakova has had serious issues with her serve and has been an unforced error machine in both matches. If those things continue, Siniakova has no chance to win this match and pull off the upset. We also cant ignore the previous meeting between these two last year, as Osaka wasn’t broken once and won the last eight games to close out the match.
I’ll take Osaka in straight sets, as Siniakova provides little challenge in her current form.