WTA Miami Open 2021: Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari-Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Second seed Naomi Osaka will be challenged by the twenty-third seed Maria Sakkari from Greece in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 Miami Open.

Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakkari
Naomi Osaka and Maria Sakkari

Naomi Osaka will take on Maria Sakkari in the Quarter-Finals of the Miami Open 2021. Osaka is currently the World no.2 on the WTA rankings and Sakkari is the World no.25. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari
  • Round: Quarter-Final
  • Date: 3oth March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $61,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari: Preview

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Osaka, the second seed in this tournament, had been in great form coming into this tournament and has continued in the same vein. Osaka had a bye in the first round, in the second she overcame Ajla Tomljanović of Australia in straight sets, 7-6 6-4. The third round saw her win in a walkover over Nina Stojanović.

Elise Mertens was her opponent in the fourth round. Mertens, who was dealing with a slight shoulder problem, went down meekly in straight sets 6-36-3. Her Quarter-Final opponent is Maria Sakkari of Greece. Sakkari is seeded twenty third and she had her first round off, in the second she beat Arantxa Rus.

Then, she overcame her third round opponent, Ludmilla Samsonova from Russia. Her best performance was in the fourth round against twenty-ninth seed Jessica Pegula, who she beat in tree sets in a hard fought match, 6-2 2-6 7-6. 

Watch: Elise Mertens vs. Naomi Osaka | 2021 Miami Round of 16 | WTA Match Highlights

Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari: Head-to-Head

Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari

This will be the fifth meeting between the two. Right now Osaka leads the head to head 3-1. The last meeting between the two was in Brisbane 2020, an encounter which Osaka won in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 6-3. 

Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari: Prediction

Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka

Osaka has been in terrific form and is on an unbeaten 23 game streak. She has dominated the ladies tour since it resumed after the covid enforced break. Osaka has gears to her game, only if she thinks she needs to go up a gear that she will do it. Sakkari has beaten Osaka once but that was a few years ago. Since then Osaka has become double the player. Osaka should win this. 

Match Prediction: Naomi Osaka will beat Maria Sakkari in straight sets. 

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