Brisbane International – SF Prediction
?? (2) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Lesia Tsurenko
All signs point to a Naomi Osaka victory when the reigning US Open champion takes on the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko at the semi-final stage of the Brisbane International on Saturday. It seems the sky is the limit for Naomi Osaka in 2019 and beyond, the young star made her first real statement in an important quarter-final victory over Anastasija Sevastova the other day. If Osaka brings a similar level to this match, Tsurenko will be in big trouble.
Osaka’s power overwhelmed Tsurenko in their only previous meeting at the US Open last year, Osaka won that match 6-1 6-1 in what was a fairly uncompetitive match as the score suggests. Tsurenko was perhaps struggling physically that day, so we will see if she can have more success on this occasion. Nevertheless, This match-up is all about Osaka, Tsurenko doesn’t really have any weapons to hurt Osaka, Tsurenko’s only hope is that Osaka has an off day. That seems unlikely given how well Osaka played in the previous round against an ever trickier opponent. Expect Osaka to win this match quite comfortably.