WTA Finals Singapore, Red Group match prediction
?? (3) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? (5) Sloane Stephens
Recent form suggests that Naomi Osaka should be too strong for Sloan Stephens when the pair open proceedings in the red group of Monday. Osaka has been the form player on tour over the last couple of months whilst Stephens has struggled to win matches. Furthermore, Stephens has a shocking record outside of the United States on hard courts whilst Osaka is sure to be a crowd favourite in Singapore and has a history of performing well in Asia.
I suspect this will be a fairly competitive match despite the drastic difference in the form of the pair heading into this match. If both play at their best level, this will be an outstanding match between two of the most exciting players on tour. Osaka has the edge in firepower, both behind her serve and from the baseline but it is Stephens who is better defensively and has better touch around the court. On a low bouncing hard court I think the aggressive game of Osaka will eventually see her hit through Stephens. Osaka is seemingly better prepared for this match and is playing with much more confidence at the moment.