??? US OPEN: QF Prediction
?? (20) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Lesia Tsurenko
Naomi Osaka will enter this clash as a strong favourite but Tsurenko is not be underestimated. Osaka and Tsurenko will both be competing in their first quarter-final at the Grand Slam level, there will certainly be nerves involved with a spot in the semi-finals on the line at Flushing Meadows.
There is no doubt that Osaka has the weaponry, Osaka has bigger weapons and a more bold and aggressive game. However, Tsurenko is a great counter-puncher and thrives on the pace of a big hitter. Tsurenko has outstanding movement and absorbs and redirects pace well.
It is tough to know what to expect in this match given this is new territory for both. I’m leaning towards the upset. The steady game of Tsurenko will not be easy to overcome with nerves a big factor. Tsurenko is more reliable and plays with greater margin, I can see her getting the better of Osaka here.