Three-time Grand Slam champion and 3rd-seed Naomi Osaka will have her sights on the semifinal spot as she takes on unseeded Hsieh Su-wei in a last-eight encounter at the Australian Open 2021. Hsieh,ranked 71, has already created a few upsets in the past week in Melbourne and will look to continue her underdog run.
- Fixture: Hsieh Su-wei vs Naomi Osaka
- Date: 16 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: Quarterfinal
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: 403,463$ (USD)
Hsieh Su-wei vs Naomi Osaka: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Hsieh already became the talking points when she stunned former US Open champion and 8th-seed Bianca Andreescu in the second round. The 35-year old Tiawanese in the fourth round continued her dream run as she steamrolled 19th-seed Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
On the other hand, Osaka lost her first set of the tournament in the fourth round. The 23-year old Japanese got a tough fight from.the 14th-seed Garbine Muguruza and came back from a set down to eventually win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a marathon match.
Hsieh Su-wei vs Naomi Osaka: Head-to-Head
Prior to their meeting in Melbourne, the two players have faced each other on five occasions. O the head-to-head record 4-1. They last met in a Round of 16 encounter at the Cincinnati Masters, 2019 where Osaka edged past Hsieh 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 in a tough match.
Hsieh Su-wei vs Naomi Osaka: Prediction
Hsieh has already proven many predictions wrong and has once again shown that age is just a number. However, this fairytale story might come to a halt as Osaka would be a tought nut to crack. Expect Osaka to win the match without a fuss.
Match Prediction: Naomi Osaka defeats Hsieh Su-wei comprehensively in straight sets.