Simona Halep vs Naomi Osaka, Australian Open R4 Preview

Australian Open ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ R4 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด (1) Simona Halep vs ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Simona Halep continues her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Monday where she faces a very tough test against Japanโ€™s Naomi Osaka. Halep has already survived a couple of almighty scares over the last week at Melbourne Park, none more so than her epic 3 hours and 45 minutes triumph over Lauren Davis in the third round. It will be interesting to see how the world number 1 recovers from her win over Davis, this is unprecedented territory for Halep who had never previously gone past 6-6 in the third set of a Grand Slam.

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It has been a whirlwind week for Simona Halep. The world number 1 started the event with a tough 7-6 6-1 victory over Destanee Aiava, Halep suffered a severe rolled ankle in that first round match. Halepโ€™s second round win was straightforward, an easy 6-2 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard. Halep secured her spot in the second week at Melbourne Park with a dramatic 4-6 6-4 15-13 victory over Lauren Davis in a match that equalled the record for most games played in a womenโ€™s match at the Australian Open. Halep was not at her best and was up against an inspired opponent, Halep showed her improved mental strength to save 3 match points and eventually outlast Davis to keep her Grand Slam dream alive in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka has powered through the draw at Melbourne Park to reach the second week of the event for the first time in her young career. Osaka started the event with straight set wins over Kristina Kuccova and Elena Vesnina. Osaka secured her spot in the round of 16 with a very impressive 6-4 6-2 win over Ashleigh Barty. Osaka played a near flawless match to breeze past the Australian number 1, one of the better wins of Osakaโ€™s career.

Halep has won both of the previous matches between the pair. Halep defeated Osaka 4-6 6-2 6-3 at Roland Garros in 2016 and more recently a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win in Miami in 2017.

Naomi Osaka vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup Preview, Japan vs USA
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka vs ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ CoCo Vandeweghe

A big hitting affair is set for the Hopman Cup on Tuesday afternoon when Naomi Osaka takes on CoCo Vandeweghe. Osaka and Vandeweghe are two of the most explosive players on tour, this will be an exciting encounter for the Perth spectators.

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Naomi Osaka got off to a losing start in her Hopman Cup debut. Osaka played a solid match but was not consistent enough as she succumbed to Belinda Bencic 5-7 3-6. Osaka had her opportunities, especially in the first set but unnecessary, random unforced errors were her downfall. Nevertheless, it was a high quality match, a decent start to the year for Osaka.

CoCo Vandeweghe got her season off to the perfect start. The American claimed a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The American team which also features Jack Sock is probably considered the favourite to win the title, Vandeweghe continues to excel when representing the USA.

It was Osaka who won the only previous match between the pair, an upset 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory at the opening round stage of the U.S Open in 2016

Naomi Osaka vs Belinda Bencic, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup, Japan vs Switzerland

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Belinda Bencic

Japan will take on Switzerland in the second tie of the opening day of action at the 2018 Hopman Cup. Naomi Osaka will be representing Japan in what will be her first appearance in Perth. Belinda Bencic will be playing for Switzerland, alongside Roger Federer for the second year in a row. This should be an exciting encounter between two of the games most promising young talents.

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Belinda Bencic ended a frustrating 2017 season on a high. Bencic won back-to-back 125K events in Hua-Hin and Taipei to ensure she would end the 2017 season in the top 100. Bencic further boosted her ranking by ending her season with victory at the 100K ITF event in Dubai. At her best, Bencic has proved that she is a solid top 15 player, it will be interesting to see the heights Bencic can reach in 2018 if she stays fit and healthy.

2017 was a big year for Naomi Osaka. It is clear that Osaka has a great amount of potential, Osaka has a big game, capable of beating the best players in the world. Osaka claimed some notable victories in 2017, a first round win over Angelique Kerber at the U.S Open and a victory over Venus Williams in Hong Kong.

Belinda Bencic is the more experienced of the two when it comes to representing their country. Firstly, Bencic has previous experience at the Hopman Cup, whilst Osaka does not. Bencic has been a regular part of the Switzerland Fed Cup team over the last few years, helping her nation reach the semi-final stage of the world group in the last two years. Osaka made her Fed Cup debut in 2017, playing at the lower tiers of the event.

The only previous meeting between the pair took place in 2013 at an ITF event. Osaka won 6-3 6-3 on a clay court in Pelham. Clearly this result is mostly irrelevant heading into this match. It will be interesting to see how these two match up against each other.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Naomi Osaka, Hong Kong QF Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
QF: (6) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

A Fascinating quarter-final at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open on Friday sees the 6th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japanโ€™s Naomi Osaka go head-to-head for the first time. Naomi Osaka will enter this exciting match full of confidence after she eliminated Venus Williams in straight sets on Wednesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova also enters this match in good form and has been one of the most consistent players on tour in 2017, especially on a hard court. It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds.

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Angelique Kerber vs Naomi Osaka, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿš• R1 Preview + Prediction
(6) ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Angelique Kerber vs ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Angelique Kerber begins her title defense at the U.S Open with a potentially difficult first round clash against Japanโ€™s Naomi Osaka on Tuesday. In 2017, Kerber has rarely been able to rediscover the stunning form that saw her win her second Grand Slam title in New York last year. Kerber seems vulnerable heading into this first round clash, especially against a player like Osaka that has the firepower to hit Kerber off the court. It will be interesting to see how Kerber handleโ€™s Osakaโ€™s game in the first career meeting between the pair.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Naomi Osaka, Toronto R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ R3 Match Preview + Prediction
(1) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Karolina Pliskova vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Karolina Pliskova made a solid start to her Rogers Cup campaign on Wednesday. Pliskova is competing in her first tournament since becoming the world number 1, Pliskova claimed a 6-3 6-3 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her first match in Toronto and will now come up against Japanese qualifier, Naomi Osaka in the third round. This will be the first ever match between the pair, it should be an exciting match-up.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Naomi Osaka, Toronto R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ R2 Match Preview + Prediction
(15) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Anastasija Sevastova vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Anastasija Sevastova and Naomi Osaka will collide at the second round stage of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in a match-up that will feature an interesting contrast in styles. This will be the first career meeting between Sevastova and Osaka, there is an extreme difference in styles here, Sevastova has great touch and consistency whilst Osaka has extreme power and an explosive game. It will be interesting to see which style wins out in the first match between these two.ย 

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Venus Williams vs Naomi Osaka, Wimbledon R3 Preview

Wimbledon ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿ“ Day 5, R3 Match Preview:
(10) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams vs ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Venus Williams overcome a real scare against Chinaโ€™s Qiang Wang in the second round. The American will be hoping for a more straightforward affair against Japanโ€™s Naomi Osaka on Friday. However, that is unlikely given how dangerous Osaka can be on this surface. Expect some big hitting in this match-up, there will be little margin for error and little to separate the two.

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Simona Halep vs Naomi Osaka, Miami R2 Preview

Miami Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿฌ R2 Match Preview
(3) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Naomi Osaka

Simona Halep will begin her Miami Open campaign on Friday when she takes on rising-star Naomi Osaka at the second round stage. Simona Halep is yet to get going in 2017, the Romanian has not won consecutive matches in 2017 and will be desperate to win back-to-back matches to gain some much-needed momentum going forward in season 2017.Naomi Osaka looms as a difficult first round opponent for Halep, Osaka has all the weapons to trouble any opponent on her day. This should be an interesting contest.

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