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Naomi Osaka vs. Su-Wei Hsieh - 01/18/19 WTA Tour - Australian Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Naomi Osaka vs. Su-Wei Hsieh
Date & Time Friday January 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Melbourne Park
Melbourne
The Line
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2
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Naomi Osaka and Su-Wei Hsieh meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.

Naomi Osaka is coming off a straight sets win over Tamara Zidansek that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 67 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Osaka got 88 percent of her first serves in play and had just two unforced errors in her victory that took a little over an hour to complete. If Osaka is going to get that many of her first serves in play and have such a clean match overall, she’s more than capable of winning her second grand slam title. Osaka is clearly a much more confident player after what took place at the US Open a few months ago. Osaka hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in her career. Osaka has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.   

Su-Wei Hsieh is coming off a straight sets win over Laura Siegemund that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Hsieh won 68 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Hsieh got 71 percent of her first serves in play and saved eight of her 10 break points. Hsieh has hit a combined 52 winners in her first two matches and is more than capable of slaying some giants when she’s hitting her spots like she’s done up to this point. Hsieh now has a chance to win at least three matches for the third time in her last four tournaments. Hsieh also has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in her career. Hsieh has three career wins over top-10 players, two of which came last year. Hsieh has matches on hard court.

These two have played once, which was in Surbiton in 2015, a match Osaka won in straight sets. The match took 32 games to be decided.

Hsieh is not a player to overlook, as she’s really improved her game over the last year or so and has beaten some quality players over the last 12 months. Hsieh controls the pace well and can really overwhelm with her shotmaking ability when she’s feeling good. The problem is Osaka is playing too good to bet against, and when she’s playing error free tennis, you can count on one hand how many players can compete with her. I’ve been on Osaka before it was the trendy thing to do, and when she’s playing at this level, you just blindly back her and watch the money pile up.

Give me Osaka in straight sets.

Pick:
Naomi Osaka In Straight Sets

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