Naomi Osaka has seen her stocks rise exponentially in the last couple of years. Her multiple Grand Slam wins, two US Open wins and one Australian open, has seen her become a dominant force not just in the women’s game, but also in World tennis. Currently ranked at no.3 in the world, she along with Ash Barty are the favorites to win this year’s Australian Open. Her opponent in the first round is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Once ranked as high as no. 21 in the world, Anastasia is tottering at no.103 right now.
- Fixture: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Naomi Osaka
- Date: 8 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Naomi Osaka vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : Preview
Osaka withdrew from the Gippsland Trophy Semi Finals, a tune up event for the Australian Open, today. The move is seen more as a strategy to keep her fresh than anything more. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has done well in Australia in the past. Her power packed game is well suited to the Australian hard courts. This first round encounter could be the best of the lot.
Naomi Osaka vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : Head-to-Head
The two have met thrice before on the WTA circuit. Osaka leads Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-1. The last time they met was in 2019 at the Japan Women’s Open where Osaka won in straight sets 6-2 6-3.
Naomi Osaka vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : Prediction
Osaka is expected to win against Pavlyuchenkova. But the match might go to a third set.
Match Prediction: Naomi Osaka in three sets.