Indian Wells 2022: Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova Prediction, Head to Head, Preview and Live Stream

Naomi Osaka will take on Veronika Kudermetova in the Indian Wells Masters on Saturday.

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova
Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova

Naomi Osaka will lock horns with Veronika Kudermetova in the round of 64 of the Indian Wells Masters on Saturday.

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Match Details

  • Tournament: Indian Wells Masters
  • Match: Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova
  • Round: Round of 64
  • Date: 12 March, 2022
  • Venue:  Indian Wells, USA
  • Surface: Hardcourt
  • Prize Money: $18,200

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Match Preview

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka with her 2018 Indian Wells trophy

Naomi Osaka will attempt to return to her title hopes. Following a long hiatus from the circuit, the former World No.1 will be seeking to make a strong comeback in this tournament. Osaka returned to the courts this year at the Melbourne Summer Set 1 after choosing to compete in only a few tournaments last season due to a number of reasons. At the Australian Open, Osaka was knocked out in the third round. She will now try to regain her form before the end of the season, at a tournament she won last in 2018.

Meanwhile, Veronika Kudermetova has been in inconsistent form this season. While the Russian had a sensational Dubai Tennis Championship, where she reached the final before eventually losing to Jelena Ostapenko, she also had largely disappointing performances such as the Australian Open, St Petersburg Open and Qatar Open.

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Head to Head

Veronika Kudermetova
Veronika Kudermetova

Naomi Osaka and Veronika Kudermetova have never met each other before in the court, with their meeting in Indian Wells set to be their first. The head to head stands 0-0.

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Match Prediction

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Both players are known for their aggressive brand of tennis along with their powerful serves. If the Russian is able to force her opponent to come to the net often, she’ll have the upper hand. However, the Japanese displayed a great deal of patience and tactical acumen in her match against Stephens. Osaka overcame a slow start to get the better of her opponent and against Kudermetova, she’s likely to do the same.

Match Prediction- Naomi Osaka to win in three sets.

Naomi Osaka vs Veronika Kudermetova: Broadcast and Live stream details

  • USA- Tennis Channel
  • Australia– beIN
  • UK and Ireland- Amazon Prime
  • The Middle East and North Africa- beIN Sports
  • Central America- ESPN
  • Caribbean Islands- Sportsmax
  • South America and Oceania- ESPN International
  • Canada- TSN, and DAZN
  • Sub-Saharan Africa- SuperSport

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