Naomi Osaka vs. Yulia Putintseva - 9/19/19 Japan Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Naomi Osaka vs. Yulia Putintseva
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM (Utsubo Tennis Center)
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Naomi Osaka and Yulia Putintseva meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Japan.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a straight sets win over Viktoriya Tomova that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 73 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Osaka won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Osaka got 44 percent of her first serves in play, saved five of eight break points and hit 13 aces. Osaka can obviously play better, but it’s nice to see her finish a match in straight sets and build on this recent momentum she’s gained. Osaka now hopes to win at least two matches for the fourth straight tournament. Osaka has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Yulia Putintseva is coming off a straight sets win over Varvara Flink that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Putintseva won 76 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Putintseva won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 10 break points. got 47 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her three break points. Putintseva has won 11 of her last 15 matches in straight sets. Putintseva looks to win three straight matches for the first time since winning this years Nuremberg Cup back in May. Putintseva has eight career wins over top-10 players, with three of those wins coming this year. Putintseva has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two played three times and Putintseva won all three matches in straight sets, including twice this year. The most recent match was in this years Wimbledon.
Putintseva obviously owns the h2h and has racked up an impressive resume lately against top tier players. However, you still have to lean Osaka due to her overall game and the fact this is on home soil. Players usually play with an extra pep in their step when having the home crowd behind them. Osaka can also play better, and I expect her first serve percentage to increase as tournament drags out.
Osaka reaches the semifinals in Japan.