Second-seeded Japanese Naomi Osaka will go head to head with the German qualifier Tatjana Maria in the second round of the 2019 Rogers Cup on Wednesday in Toronto. The match will take place on August 7 after 5:00 pm local time (10:00 pm BST). Get Naomi Osaka v Tatjana Maria live streaming options with the preview here.
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Naomi Osaka v Tatjana Maria Head to Head
The head-to-head tally is currently tied at 1-1, with Maria winning their last meeting in the 2016 China Open.
Osaka, Looking for a Good Run
Ever since winning the Australian Open earlier this year, Osaka’s form has gradually dipped on the tour. Nonetheless, she has always been a solid part of the top three, thanks to the ranking points she accumulated by reaching the penultimate rounds.
As a semifinalist in Stuttgart and a quarterfinalist in Madrid and Rome, the 21-year-old Japanese continued to build her form and momentum in the quest to become a better player. But then, her form took a hit and she ended up losing early in the French Open, WTA Birmingham, and Wimbledon.
In fact, Osaka is heading into this match following her first-round defeat to Yulia Putintseva at SW19. With her US Open defence set to start in a couple of weeks time, she will be hoping to make some waves in Toronto. Luckily, with Ash Barty’s early exit, she is back in contention for No. 1 position, provided she win this match against Maria.
Maria, A Determined Player
Tatjana Maria is light years ahead in terms of experience in comparison to Osaka. However, in terms of skills and playing abilities, the German has a lot of room for improvement.
With 20 wins and 23 losses, Maria hasn’t had that great of a season up until now. Barring her fourth-round run in Miami and Nottingham, she has lost in the early stages in several of the other tournaments.
In Toronto, she started as a qualifier and in the main draw, she knocked out Saisai Zheng in straight sets, marking her first solid win in the last four tournaments.
Osaka v Maria Prediction & Tips
Despite Osaka’s recent form woes, she shouldn’t face any significant difficulties in dispatching her German adversary. She has the upper hand here. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen to even the most prolific players. Osaka has had her fair share of shocking losses and by all means, this match has a small chance of turning into one as well.
Tip: Over 16.5 games in the match. (888Sport)