Naomi Osaka vs Irina-Camelia Begu - WTA Gippsland Trophy
Friday February 5th, 2021 / 2:30am EST
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Number two seed and world number three Naomi Osaka of Japan faces unseeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne, Australia. The match will take Friday February 5th, 2021 at approximately 2:30am EST. They have never played each other so there is no head to head information. Can the Romanian veteran cause the huge upset and advance to the Semis?
Naomi Osaka is a global tennis superstar and is one of the top favorites for this tournaments and the Australian Open next week. She won her first match over Alize Cornet very comfortably, before struggling mightily against the unfancied Katie Boulter, winning in three sets. She enters this match as the huge favorite but knows she will have to be better if she is to go any further in this tournament. While she struggled against Boulter, she acknowledged that the long match would have helped her get back into some sort of match form after the long break. She is very much a confidence based player and will need to gain some serious momentum before making an assault at the Australian Open title.
Irina-Camelia Begu is a 30 year old veteran of the WTA Tour. Now ranked #78, she was formerly a top 25 player and is still a dangerous player. After a rocky last few years she has been impressive in this tournament so far, notably upsetting 5th seeded Johanna Konta in the previous round. While she is in good form, she has already played two three set matches here and will surely be feeling the physical effects of that. She is a very solid baseliner but lacks the weapons to truly trouble a world-class player like Osaka. Her only hope would be for Osaka to self-implode or commit numerous unforced errors as she has done in matches in the past.
While Begu has seemed in good form, she is no match for Naomi Osaka. She is not currently at her best but should still be more than capable of cruising through this match in straight sets. She may start slowly but expect her to figure her opponent out quickly and dominate from the baseline. Naomi Osaka to win.