Andrea Petkovic (@5.5) vs Naomi Osaka (@1.15)

Our Prediction:

Naomi Osaka will win

Andrea Petkovic – Naomi Osaka Match Prediction | 02-10-2019 02:30

Wozniacki has had to battle against a number of health concerns lately, not least rheumatoid arthritis. In the first round, they were more than enough to blunt the attack of Lauren Davis, with Wozniacki claiming a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win over the American. But she remains an excellent competitor with defensive qualities that would be the envy of most players on tour. This looks to be one of the more intriguing clashes of the day on paper.

But she may well need to play at that level again when she takes on Davis compatriot Christina McHale, who has already won three matches this week after coming through the qualifying. And if Wozniacki does perform at the same level as in the first round, that wait for a third victory will surely go on for McHale. McHale is a player who has given Wozniacki problems in the past, although she has not beaten the Dane since 2012.

The World #203 should not have too many problems against her privileged opponent. Enough about that thorny topic. This is a great chance to another potential breakthrough star 16 year old Whitney Osuigwe to get Premiere Mandatory main draw experience. The American is a tasty prospect, she is still raw and can over-hit the ball without being put under too much pressure, but it makes her exciting to watch.

Dog of the day

This time last year, the now 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova announced her arrival by upsetting Petra Kvitova in Indian Wells and making the 2nd round in Miami, the place she moved to live when she was 3 years old. 17-year-old Xiyu Wang and 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska are also hoping to be the next breakthrough players. Will Miami follow the trend of Indian Wells and produce another breakthrough winner? She takes on the wily Andrea Petkovic on Day 1, alongside other tasty match-ups including other potential breakthrough starlets. Bianca Andreescu has taken over and is currently the breakthrough queen. Anisimova will hope that home support will galvanize her to a great tournament.

Already a number of star names have departed, including Simona Halep and Venus Williams. The opening three days at the WTAs China Open in Beijing have brought no shortage of thrilling action and shocking upsets. Day four will see the second round completed, but who will make their way into the last 16 and who will fall to defeat in the Chinese capital?

Andrea Petkovic made it into this tournament via the qualifying event where she won both of her matches with ease. The serving was also solid from Andrea Petkovic as she won 70% of her service games. Petkovic continued her fine form in the opening round where she won her match in straight sets. During the victory, Andrea Petkovic impressed with her receiving as she managed to win 51% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponents serve on 5 occasions.

Stephens recent inconsistencies suggest this match will likely be a closer contest, but if Stephens remains focused and positive, she should have enough to see off Zhengs challenge. But the 25-year-old has had an indifferent year in singles and has failed to beat Stephens in both of their previous meetings, including a one-sided 1-6 3-6 loss in Beijing last season. Zheng Saisai, meanwhile, impressed in battling past Monica Puig in the first round.

Naomi Osaka: results and record

Anisimova is hot and cold this year, thumping Aryna Sabalenka in Melbourne, then winning only three games against Kvitova in the next round. Petkovic will be like a caged tiger eager to get back on court and put behind her the shenanigans of outplaying Venus to force a third set in Indian Wells and throwing it away. She struggled to cause Mertens any issues in Indian Wells last week. Anisimova should take this one, but it will be tight. Venus was struggling, but Petkovic did not show any of the ruthlessness she was known for in her a few years ago.

But the Belarusian finally scored the sort of standout success that her season has been crying out for by successfully defending her Wuhan Open title, beating sixth seed Kiki Bertens and world #1 Ashleigh Barty en route. Kasatkina, who now finds herself ranked 45th in the world having been as high as world #10 last season, would surely love to manufacture a similar success at the China Open. But though she played well to get the better of Peng Shuai from a set down in the first round, there was little in that performance to suggest she could withstand the power of Sabalenka. It has been a year of toil for both Aryna Sabalenka and Daria Kasatkina.

She endured a miserable spell in North America during the summer, winning just one of five matches and crashing out in the first round in Washington, Toronto and New York. But she has rediscovered some sort of form, reaching the last 16 in Wuhan and besting the in-form Magda Linette 6-3 7-6 in the first round in Beijing. Sloane Stephens is one of the most formidably talented players on the WTA tour, but her recent results have fallen short of what is expected of a player of her ability.

Two close losses against Muguruza and Gavrilova have brought her down to earth a little, but her game is still in shape. However, Yastremska should confirm her promise as one to watch out for this season. This will be a tough and tense match up. The 24 year old Russian world #57 is 7-3 in terms of recent win/loss form. 18-year0old Ukrainian prospect Dayana Yastremska made her breakthrough this season by winning a WTA title in Hua Hin.

Head 2 Head

Andrea Petkovic, meanwhile, who came through the qualifying to reach the main draw, may have her issues with consistency, but she has shown this year that she can still pack a punch with some fine results. The German also beat Osaka handily in their only previous meeting. Expect the fourth seed to come out on top this time around. However, that came five years ago in Stanford and Osaka has improved considerably since.

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