Angelique Kerber vs. Naomi Osaka, Singapore RR Prediction

WTA Finals Singapore, Red Group match prediction
?? (1) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? (3) Naomi Osaka

The pressure is on two of the pre-tournament favourites here after they both suffered first-up losses in Singapore. These two are reigning Grand Slam champions for a reason, expect both to respond well here. This is an interesting match-up because of the contrast in styles but also because of their similarities. Whilst Osaka has more power and is generally more aggressive, Kerber can be the aggressor in this match-up and Osaka is capable of playing a counter-punching role.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her first match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

I’m going to side with Kerber here. This is a troublesome match-up for Osaka. Kerber has won the last 3 matches between the pair, all in straight sets. Kerber’s mix of attack and defense is the perfect formula to take down Osaka. Kerber has a great record against powerful hitters in recent times, having done well against the likes of Serena Williams, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova. Kerber thrives on pace and is probably the most problematic opponent on tour for these big hitters. I think it will be easier for Kerber to respond the disappointment of losing the other day because she has more margin to her game and has experienced this situation at the WTA finals before whilst Osaka has not.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Naomi Osaka in 3 sets