WTA Finals Singapore, Red group match prediction
?? (3) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? (8) Kiki Bertens
Naomi Osaka and Kiki Bertens both have a live chance of progressing to the semi-finals heading into their final match from the red group. Both require a win whilst Osaka will still need to rely on results to fall her way in the next match. Osaka and Bertens have both had career best seasons, both are competing at the WTA Finals for the first time and both will be desperate to keep their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals alive with a win here.
I’m going to give the slight edge to Kiki Bertens. Heading into the tournament it was Osaka who would clearly be rated above Bertens but it is Bertens who has been more impressive so far this week. Osaka has been very inconsistent throughout her first few matches and has shown mental fragility and frustration in her level. It has been a long few months for Osaka and perhaps it is all catching up with her. Conversely, Bertens has been impressive, beating Angelique Kerber in her first match before suffering a narrow loss to Sloane Stephens in the next round. I think Bertens is playing the more reliable tennis at the moment and will benefit from having less pressure and expectation heading into this match. Osaka seems heavily burdened this week and may struggled to rebound from losing her first 2 matches.