?? Australian Open, R1 Prediction
?? (4) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Magda Linette
Naomi Osaka will face a decent test in her opening round match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday night against Magda Linette. It was Linette who emerged victorious in the only previous match between the pair in Washington last year. Linette is the type of player that absorbs pace well, making this a potentially troublesome match-up for the powerful Osaka.
I’m going to give Osaka the benefit of the doubt here, but I think Linette will make this a very competitive match and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the Pole pull off an upset victory. The match is on Osaka’s racquet, Osaka should overpower Linette but if Osaka is off her game Linette will be a frustrating opponent and will cause the young star some problems. Osaka has shown enough mental strength to suggest she will be strong enough to get through this one.