???? Roland Garros, R1 Prediction
?? (1) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Naomi Osaka is a strong favourite to cruise through her opening round match against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Paris. Osaka is rightfully the top ranked player in the world at the moment whilst Schmiedlova is flaky at the best of times and brings poor form into the event.
Osaka’s power is going to be a big problem for Schmiedlova in this match-up as they go head-to-head for the first time. Osaka is stronger in every area and I suspect she will win this match with ease. Schmiedlova’s serve is likely to buckle under pressure in this match-up whilst Osaka will likely motor through the majority of her service games. Schmiedlova is not used to the big stage, that is another factor she will have to contend with here whilst the big stage is where Osaka thrives.