Brisbane International, QF Prediction
?? (2) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? (8) Anastasija Sevastova
I expect Anastasija Sevastova to once again prove to be a difficult match-up for Naomi Osaka. Sevastova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Osaka and won both of the previous meetings between the pair in 2018. If there is one type of player that can trouble Osaka, it is one that plays with a lot of variety. Sevastova is the queen of variety and is in good form this week.
I’m going to side with Sevastova here. Importantly, Sevastova has been serving very well this week, very effective behind her first serve and that will be key against Osaka. Playing Sevastova this early in the season will be tough for Osaka especially given her only previous match was against Destanee Aiava who is a totally different opponent. Sevastova will be a big step up in quality and a unique test, I think Sevastova will sneak through given how sharp she looks this week and the potential rust from Osaka at this stage of the year.