Karolina Pliskova vs Naomi Osaka, Toronto R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, ???? R3 Match Preview + Prediction
(1) ?? Karolina Pliskova vs (Q) ?? Naomi Osaka

Karolina Pliskova made a solid start to her Rogers Cup campaign on Wednesday. Pliskova is competing in her first tournament since becoming the world number 1, Pliskova claimed a 6-3 6-3 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her first match in Toronto and will now come up against Japanese qualifier, Naomi Osaka in the third round. This will be the first ever match between the pair, it should be an exciting match-up.

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Naomi Osaka is having a good week in Toronto. Osaka has already played four matches at the Rogers Cup having come through the qualifying draw. Osaka has dropped just one set in those four matches and secured a third round showdown with the top ranked Karolina Pliskova courtesy of a 6-3 6-4 victory over the 15th seeded Anastasija Sevastova, one of Osaka’s best wins of the year.

This will be the first career meeting between Pliskova and Osaka. This should be an explosive match between two of the most powerful and aggressive players on tour. Whilst Osaka’s very best is very good, Pliskova’s base level is much steadier and should see the Czech come through this match. Pliskova’s serve and groundstrokes from the baseline and more consistent and the Czech is mentally tougher, Pliskova should win this one.

Prediction: Karolina Pliskova to defeat Naomi Osaka in 2 sets


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