Naomi Osaka vs Alize Cornet - WTA Gippsland Trophy
Monday February 1st, 2021 / 10:30pm EST
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World number three and second seed Naomi Osaka of Japan faces Alize Cornet of France in the Second Round of the 2021 Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, Australia. The match will be played on Monday February 1st, 2021 at approximately 10:30pm EST. Surprisingly the two players have not played each other before so there is no head to head history. Who will win and advance to the Round of 16?
Naomi Osaka is currently ranked number three and has recently been ranked number one in the world. She is a superstar in every sense of the word and will be a favorite for the title here and at the Australian Open. She has not played since her US Open victory last year so some rustiness is to be expected. She looked in decent form in an exhibition against Serena Williams last week and will be hoping for a deep run here to get as much court time as possible before the Australian Open starts. When she is in form she is almost unbeatable with her powerful all court game. It remains to be seen what kind of form she will be in but Osaka enters this match as the firm favorite.
Alize Cornet is currently ranked #53 but has been ranked as high as #11 in the world. A veteran of the WTA Tour, she is a very good all around player that is extremely consistent from the baseline. However, she lacks any real weapons so tends to struggle against the top players as she cannot win many free points. She had a tough First Round win over Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia, coming from a set down to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. She will know that she will have to be much better to have a chance against the Japanese superstar.
It is hard to know how fit Osaka is or what type of form she will be in after such a long break, but I still expect her to have too much quality for her opponent. She may be a bit erratic to start but once she gets it figured out she should dominate this match from start to finish. Naomi Osaka to win in straight sets.