Osaka vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Friday July 7, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka meet in the third round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Venus Williams is coming off a three sets win over Qiang Wang that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 83 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Venus found a way to get through the second round despite dropping the first set and producing 33 unforced errors. Venus continues to be sharp with her return, as she’s winning a high number of return points and has produced seven breaks in her first two matches. For Venus, its a matter of limiting her unforced errors and keeping her mind in the game despite these personal issues she’s dealing with currently. Venus hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the sixth straight try. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on grass court.
Naomi Osaka is coming off a three sets win over Barbora Strycova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Osaka won 66 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Osaka has really struggled this season, but she’s finding some confidence in this tournament and this could be a turning point moving forward. Osaka has found a way to win both matches despite having more unforced errors than winners, and she came back in the third set despite dropping the second, 0-6. Osaka is playing with house money at this point given her form. Osaka hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in her career. Osaka has won four of her last six matches on grass court.
This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.
I’ve made it clear over the years that I’m a huge fan of Osaka’s game and think the sky’s the limit for her at just 19 years old. However, she’s simply not playing well at the moment. The unforced errors have taken over her game far too often and the weak second serve is also an issue. While Venus is battling off the court issues, she continues to come up with big points and is still returning at a high level.
I like the American to prevail here.