Naomi Osaka vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Friday August 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams will play each other in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Naomi Osaka looked very impressive in the previous round as she won her match in straight sets. The serving was very strong from Naomi Osaka as she hit 9 aces and won 65% of her service points. During the win, Naomi Osaka won 82% of her service games, 3 return games, and 1 tiebreaker. Osaka had been struggling over the past few months but following a break, the Japanese superstar seems to be playing her best tennis. This is expected to be a tough match but Osaka should be confident in her ability to win.
Looking at Serena Williams, the American has looked very dominant in this tournament. Serena defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets in the previous round. During the win, Serena impressed with her receiving as she won 48% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. Serena Williams has a very strong record at the Rogers Cup as she has won this title 3 times in the past. Considering her recent form and her record at this event, Serena Williams will be tough to stop.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka famously played each other in the final of the 2018 US Open. Naomi Osaka was the stronger player on that occasion as she won in straight sets. Osaka has a 2-0 record against Serena Williams as the Japanese superstar also beat the American at the 2018 Miami Masters. Both wins for Osaka have been in straight sets meaning that Serena is yet to win a set against the Japanese superstar.
This should be a close tennis match but I see Naomi Osaka winning. Osaka seems to have an edge over Serena and the momentum should be with the Japanese superstar as they begin this match. Serena has struggled against elite opponents over the past 12 months and I see Naomi Osaka being too strong for the American superstar.