Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari - 2021 Miami Open Quarter-Finals
Wednesday March 31st, 2021 / 1:00pm EST
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Second seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan will face Maria Sakkari of Greece in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Miami Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday March 31st, 2021 at 1:00pm EST.
Will it be the Japanese superstar advancing to the Semi-Finals as expected? Or can Sakkari channel her fighting spirit and cause the stunning upset here at the 2021 Miami Open?
Naomi Osaka has been in fantastic form so far here at the 2021 Miami Open. She has breezed through her matches so far and is playing like the best player in the world, despite her #2 ranking. She is the huge favorite for the title and is looking unstoppable at the moment. She is supremely confident, and is striking the ball extremely well. If she can keep her unforced error count low she will be in good shape here and will fully be expecting to advance to the Semi-Finals here in Miami. One key point to note is that she is very fresh compared to her opponent, and has been on court for quarter the time that Sakkari has.
Maria Sakkari is currently ranked #25 in the world and like her opponent Naomi Osaka, has been in solid form here at the 2021 Miami Open. After cruising through her first two matches in straight sets, she was severely tested in the Round of 16 by American Jessica Pegula, saving five match points before winning in a third set tiebreaker. Like Osaka, she plays a very aggressive baseline game and is one of the fittest players on tour. That fitness will have been tested by the long three setter, and it remains to be seen if she has fully recovered and is ready to play the Quarter-Final. While she enters this match as the underdog she will be very confident here, knowing that she has defeated her opponent before.
Despite Sakkari's form, I don't see Naomi Osaka losing here. She has been hugely impressive so far in 2021, and is simply playing at a level above anyone else in the world at the moment. Sakkari is a fighter and will give the Japanese star a big challenge, but expect her to pass the test and advance to the Semi-Finals here at the 2021 Miami Open.