The winner of the 2018 US Open, Naomi Osaka, has made it to the second round of the 2019 Australian Open. Naomi Osaka will face Tamara Zidanšek from Slovenia.
Tamara Zidanšek won her opening match against Australian, Daria Gavrilova. It was a comfortable win for Zidanšek as she won 4 return games to complete to victory in straight sets. Tamara Zidanšek won over 43% of her return points which ensured she always had an advantage over her opponent. It has been a tough start to the season for Tamara Zidanšek as her opening round match win has been the only match she has won in 2019. This is expected to be a much tougher match for Tamara Zidanšek as she is playing the 4th best player in the world.
Looking at Naomi Osaka, she enters this match in exceptional form. Osaka had a strong start to the tournament as she made a deep run at the WTA Brisbane International. Naomi Osaka continued her form in the opening round as she won in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Naomi Osaka 4 break points while only losing 1 service game in the entire match. Since winning the US Open, Osaka has been dominant, and she has established herself as one of the elite players in the world. Considering her form leading up to this match, Osaka will be very hard to beat.
This is set to be the first time that Tamara Zidanšek and Naomi Osaka will be playing against each other at a WTA event.
I am picking Naomi Osaka to win this match. Osaka is in incredible form while Tamara Zidanšek has not been playing well this season. Naomi Osaka has much more accomplished and I see her easily making the third round of the Australian Open.