Osaka, Naomi v Sevastova, Anastasija 21/01 02:00
TENNIS Australian Open Women-19Kick Off: 21/01/2019 02:00
"The Sun is still rising over Osaka"
Naomi Osaka was born in Japan although has lived in America from the age of 3. She is aged 21 and at her highest rank of 4 in the world. She plays well on all surfaces and had an excellent 2018, winning 2 tournaments. The first was in March at Indian Wells where she won 7 matches for the loss of just 1 set. She then went along steadily until September when history repeated itself, winning 7 matches again for the loss of just 1 set to win her first grand slam the US Open. She has made a remarkable improvement under coach Sasch Bajin. Last year she made the round of 16 in the Australian .
Anastasija Sevastova is from Latvia, aged 28 and ranked 12 in the world. Her best surface is clay although still managed a 21 and 12 record on hard courts last year. She had a very successful 2018, making the final in Mallorca in June and the following month winning the tournament in Bucharest. In September she won 5 matches in the US Open, losing to Serena who then lost famously in the final. In Beijing in October she reached the final, losing to Wozniacki. She is a determined player.
Info: Melbourne - hard courts
Head to Head: They stand at 2-2 with Osaka winning their last meeting this year in Brisbane. She came from a set behind so will have the psychological advantage.
Summary: Value for Osaka at 1.69.
1.69 Osaka v Sevastova 2.30