Naomi Osaka vs. Camila Giorgi, US Open R2 Preview

2020 US OPEN – R2 preview + prediction: ??
?? (4) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? Camila Giorgi

Naomi Osaka continues her 2020 US Open campaign on Day 3 where she faces a tough second round test against the fearless Camila Giorgi. Osaka made an unconvincing start to the tournament and will need to raise her level for this match-up against a dangerous opponent. Can Giorgi pull off the upset?

Osaka was surprisingly forced into a 3-set battle against compatriot Misaki Doi in the opening round. Osaka was rattled by Doi in the second set but recovered to claim a hard-fought 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory. The 2018 US Open champion showed glimpses of her best from the baseline and didn’t necessarily play a bad match, however she admitted after her opener that a left hamstring injury which saw her pull out of the Western & southern Open final is still causing her some problems.

Giorgi came through a rollercoaster opening round match at Flushing Meadows. The Italian won the last 4 games as she fought from the brink to defeat Alison Van Uytvanck 2-6 6-1 7-5. Giorgi will need to bring a more consistent level to this clash if she is to get the win.

Osaka won the only previous match between the pair, an easy 6-2 6-3 victory in Tokyo in 2018.

This looms as a real danger match for the fourth seeded Osaka. Giorgi is the type of player that usually raises her level for matches like this, the Italian has nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Osaka is certainly the more consistent of the two and has a stronger serve, but Giorgi can match Osaka from the baseline. I’ll give Osaka the benefit of the doubt here, mainly because of her superior serve and greater reliability under pressure.

Prediction: Naomi Osaka to defeat Camila Giorgi in 3 sets
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