Naomi Osaka vs. Yanina Wickmayer
|Date & Time||Friday March 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Naomi Osaka and Yanina Wickmayer meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a loss in the fourth round in Indian Wells and hasn’t exactly looked like herself recently. Osaka is obviously dealing with a coaching change that caused a lot of controversy, but she’s also now being sued by a former coach in South Florida. While ranked the top player in the world, this 21-year-old is going through a lot of personal issues and it could be tough for her to deal with all of the distractions. When at the top of her game, Osaka should be a favorite to win this event, but there’s no telling what version of her you’re going to get giving everything taking place off the court. Osaka has has won 11 of her last 14 matches on outdoor hard court.
Yanina Wickmayer is coming off a three sets win over Sachia Vickery that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Wickmayer won 76 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Wickmayer won 65 percent of her total service lints and converted on five of her eight break points. It was a nice confidence boosting win for Wickmayer, but she has to be sharper with her second serve moving forward. Wickmayer looks to win back to back matches on a main tour event for the first time since the Wimbledon. Wickmayer has five career wins over top-10 players, but the last victory came back in 2013. Wickmayer has won five of her last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
I’m not as confident in Osaka as I usually am for obvious reasons, but this is a match she should win. Wickmayer has no recent main tour success to speak of and hasn’t beaten a top-10 player in six years. Osaka should also be able to feast on the second serve of Wickmayer.
Osaka should win this match in straight sets. Should being the key word.