In the second round of the Women’s Singles at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, World No. 2 and the 2nd-seeded Naomi Osaka from Japan will be up against World No. 50 Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland.
Naomi Osaka vs Viktorija Golubic : Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Naomi Osaka vs Viktorija Golubic|
|Date||26 July 2021|
Naomi Osaka vs Viktorija Golubic: Preview
Naomi Osaka makes a winning return to tennis action after 2-month hiatus from tennis after her controversial withdrawal from the 2021 French Open. Osaka registered a win on her Olympics debut defeating China’s Saisai Zheng 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 27 minutes to kickstart her Olympics campaign in style.
Osaka had a good outing at the Centre Court of the Ariake Tennis Centre hitting 6 aces, 0 double faults and winning 28 of the possible 36 points on her service. Naomi made great use of her giant forehand dishing 11 winners while Zheng could manage only 3 forehand winners. Osaka had 11 forced errors and 26 unforced errors to Zheng’s 27 forced errors and 17 unforced errors.
Viktorija Golubic also registers a win on her Olympics debut and she does it in style defeating Columbia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-4, 6-1 in just 59 minutes. While Maria was strong in the 1st set which took 34 minutes to get finished, Viktorija exploded in the 2nd set to wrap it up in just 25 minutes and advance into the 2nd round of the tournament.
It was a clinical display by the Swiss who forced Maria into making mistakes and capitalising on her poor shots. Golubic had 8 forced errors and 14 unforced errors while Maria had 14 forced and 23 unforced errors. Golubic also found success in break-point conversions, winning 5 of the 6 break-points while Maria could manage to win only 2 of the 3 break-points she had.
Naomi Osaka vs Viktorija Golubic: Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the duo hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Naomi Osaka vs Viktorija Golubic: Prediction
Viktorija will come into the tie with a career Hardcourt record of 110-65 and is 12-3 on the surface for the season. She is 44-13 for the season having played on all surfaces across the WTA and ITF tournaments to get more experience and playing time.
Naomi will the court as the favourite for the tie given her superior record of 153-69 on Hardcourts in her career and an outstanding 13-1 record on the surface for the season which is the majority of her 15-3 season record across all surfaces. With Naomi being a certified Hardcourt specialist, it looks evident that she will be the one advancing ahead.
Prediction: Naomi Osaka to win in 3-sets.