BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells R4 Preview
?? Naomi Osaka vs ?? Maria Sakkari
Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakkari will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Osaka and Sakkari are two young players on the rise, both will see this as a huge opportunity to reach the quarter-final stage of a premier mandatory event for the first time. Osaka and Sakkari have both beaten big names on route to the final 16, expect a quality encounter.
Naomi Osaka started the event with a big upset as she defeated 2-time former champion Maria Sharapova in the opening round, a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory. Osaka backed up her big win over Sharapova impressively well, claiming a dominant 6-3 6-2 win over former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska. Osaka confirmed her spot in the fourth round when she defeated America’s Sachia Vickery 6-3 6-3. Osaka has shown great consistency this week, something we have rarely seen from the talented 20-year-old, certainly something she has shown more of in 2018.
Maria Sakkari has also moved into the fourth round in Indian Wells without dropping a set. Sakkari started the week with a 6-4 6-2 win over Donna Vekic before causing two big upsets in a row. A 6-4 6-2 win over Ashleigh Barty and a 6-2 6-4 win over CoCo Vandeweghe. Sakkari’s win over Vandeweghe was particularly impressive, Sakkari was very consistent and diligent as she successfully exposed the weak backhand side of Vandeweghe to claim a fairly comfortable victory.
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out, a match-up we should see a lot more of in the future as these two continue to rise up the rankings.