??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – R2 Prediction
?? (1) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Kristina Mladenovic
The pressure is on Naomi Osaka in Indian Wells. The 2018 BNP Paribas Open champion starts her title defence with an awkward clash against Kristina Mladenovic. Osaka was beaten by Mladenovic quite convincingly in Dubai a few weeks ago in her only match since winning the Australian Open title.
Naomi Osaka is a multiple Grand Slam champion for a reason, I highly doubt she will make the same mistake against Mladenovic when the pair meet in Indian Wells. It was understandable that Osaka had a poor match in Dubai in her first match since the Australian Open, it happens, she has had some time now to work with her new coach and seems much more settled heading into this tournament. Osaka is simply the better player by far and should be winning this match quite comfortably, especially with the added motivation she has to perform well this week.