Pliskova, Karolina v Osaka, Naomi 24/01 05:30
TENNIS Australian Open Women-19Kick Off: 24/01/2019 05:30
"Ruthless Pliskova to serve up a treat"
Karolina Pliskova is a Czech player, aged 26 and ranked 8th in the world. She is a former number 1 player which she held briefly in July of 2017. She plays well on all surfaces and serves aces on hard courts 7.5% of the time, which is high. She has won all 10 of her matches this year, by winning Brisbane and reaching the semi-final here in Melbourne.. Against Serena in the previous round she was 5-1 down in the deciding set, winning the last 6 games to win the match. She saved 4 match points along the way to claim only her third grand slam semi-final of her career. In 2016 she made the final in the US Open. Last year she won 2 tournaments, Stuttgart on indoor clay and Tokyo on hard courts.
Naomi Osaka is a Japanes player, aged 21 and at her highest rank of 4th in the world. She plays well on all surfaces especially hard courts and improved rapidly after teaming up with coach Sascha Bajin just before Dubai of last year. His effect was almost immediate as in her very next tournament she won 7 matches to claim her first WTA title at Indian Wells. Later that year she won the US Open in spectacular style against Serena Williams. This year in Brisbane she lost to Tsurenko in the semi-final.
Info: Melbourne - hard courts.
Head to Head: Pliskova leads 2-1, having won their last match in Tokyo last year.
Summary: Value for Pliskova at 2.20.
2.20 Pliskova v Osaka 1.75