In the third round of the Women’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Naomi Osaka from Japan will face Marketa Vondrousova from Czech.
Naomi Osaka vs Marketa Vondrousova: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Naomi Osaka vs Marketa Vondrousova|
|Date||July 25, 2021|
Naomi Osaka vs Marketa Vondrousova: Preview
World number 2, Naomi Osaka is all set to make her Olympic debut this week. She is one of the top names in the games and is one of the favourites to take the gold medal home. This will be Osaka’s first tournament after almost 2 months after she withdrew from the French Open after the first round due to mental health reasons. She has win loss record of 247-136 throughout her entire career on the WTA tour and a 14-3 record this year to date.
Naomi has got off to a great start in Tokyo, winning both her previous rounds in straight sets. Her first round was against China’s Saisai Zheng who she beat 6-1, 6-4. Saisai had 6 chances to break the number 2 seed but was not able to convert any points. Whereas, Naomi converted 3 out of 8 of her chances and secured her place in the second round. She next played against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic who she beat in just 65 minutes, 6-3. 6-2. Although her first serve was not very strong at 49%, her second serve was perfect with no double faults being served in the full match.
Marketa Vondrousova is ranked number 42 in the world and reached a career-high ranking of 14 in 2019. She was the runner-up at the 2019 French Open where she became the first teenage Grand Slam finalist on the WTA Tour in nearly a decade.
Vondrousova made her Olympic debut in Tokyo. She faced a difficult match in the first round itself against number 16 seed, Kiki Bertens. The three-set match lasted almost two hours and eventually, Vondrousova disappointed Bertens to take the win 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In the second round, she breezed past Mihaela Buzarnescu in just 67 minutes and secured her place in the third round in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Naomi Osaka vs Marketa Vondrousova: Head to Head
The pair have yet to play against each other on the WTA Tour and thus, will be playing against each other in Tokyo for the first time.
Naomi Osaka vs Marketa Vondrousova: Prediction
Marketa Vondrousova has much lesser experience compared to Osaka. Her win-loss record this year is 14-12.
Osaka is considered the hard-court queen as she has won all 4 of her grand slam titles on hard court surfaces, twice at the US Open and twice at the Australian Open including the Australian Open this year. Her win-loss record on hard court is 119-51 throughout her career and 12-1 this year.
Prediction: Osaka to win in straight sets.