Venus Williams vs Naomi Osaka, Wimbledon R3 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 5, R3 Match Preview:
(10) ?? Venus Williams vs ?? Naomi Osaka

Venus Williams overcome a real scare against China’s Qiang Wang in the second round. The American will be hoping for a more straightforward affair against Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Friday. However, that is unlikely given how dangerous Osaka can be on this surface. Expect some big hitting in this match-up, there will be little margin for error and little to separate the two.

Venus Williams has come through two tough matches to reach the third round at SW19. Williams started the tournament with a 7-6 6-4 win over Elise Mertens before surviving a big scare to beat Qiang Wang 4-6 6-4 6-1. Venus was down a set and facing break points to go down 3-4 in the second set, the American responded to the challenge well and played some really commanding tennis in the final set.

Naomi Osaka’s progression to the third round at Wimbledon means she has now reached the third round at each Grand Slam. Osaka will be looking to make it to the second week for the fist time when she takes on Venus Williams on Friday. Osaka will bring confidence into this match after she upset the 22nd seeded Barbora Strycova 6-1 0-6 6-4 in the second round.

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This will be the first career meeting between Williams and Osaka. This will be an exciting encounter between two of the most aggressive players on tour. Osaka is one of the few players on tour that can beat the power of Venus Williams. However, Venus is far more experienced and has much steadier tactics. This should be a close match, Osaka is likely to take a set but the experience of Venus Williams should be the key difference when things get tight.

Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Naomi Osaka in 3 sets

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