???? Roland Garros, R3 Prediction
?? (1) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Katerina Siniakova
Naomi Osaka and Katerina Siniakova will both be aiming to reach the second week at Roland Garros for the first time when they do battle at the third round stage on day 7 in Paris. After a couple of very tough matches to start the tournament Osaka is battle hardened and is now looming as a genuine contender to win a third consecutive Grand Slam title. It is clear that Osaka has improved great on clay, she is learning how to manage her game on the surface and getting better and better with each match she plays on the red dirt.
I’m going to side with Osaka here. Now that the world number 1 has come through a couple of really tough matches I think she is well positioned heading into this match and will likely claim a more comfortable win this time around. Azarenka forced Osaka to find a really high level in the previous round and that bodes well for the rest of the tournament. Siniakova is no pushover, but ultimately this is all about Osaka, Osaka has the game to dominate Siniakova on this surface.