Former World No. 1 Naomi Osaka will face the American Jessica Pegula in the first round of the 2019 China Open on Sunday, September 29. The match is scheduled to start at 12:30 pm local time (5:30 am BST) and here, you will find the Naomi Osaka v Jessica Pegula live streaming options with the preview, predictions, and head to head statistics.
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Naomi Osaka v Jessica Pegula Head to Head
The two players have never before on the WTA Tour.
Osaka, Fresh Off a Title Run
Currently ranked World No. 4, Naomi Osaka arrived in China, fresh and rested after winning the Japan Women’s Open in Osaka. That was her first singles title since the Australian Open and by all means, it was a long wait for her.
Through the course of the season, the Japanese has evolved significantly as a player by going through her fair share of defeats and slumps in form. By her standards, this entails reaching the quarterfinal stage in multiple tournaments. Osaka had a very similar run in the US Open series too, where she reached the quarterfinal in the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Open. In New York too, she failed to defend her title and went as far as the fourth round.
But much to her reprieve, she won the WTA Osaka and brought an end to her title drought. At the moment, her win-loss tally stands at 33-11 and she looks to improve these results further in Beijing.
Pegula, Hoping to Improve her Form Further
At the moment, the 25-year-old Jessica Pegula is ranked World No. 76 but that doesn’t do full justice to the season she has had. With a win-loss tally of 25-17 and one singles title, Pegula has easily been one of the hardest-working players on the WTA Tour this season. Most recently, she won the Washington Open. Additionally, she also reached the final in the WTA Newport Beach.
However, in her last three tournaments, she is 0-3 with a litany of first-round defeats. Most recently, she played in the Wuhan Open where she fell to Polona Hercog in the opener.
Osaka v Pegula Tips & Predictions
There is no doubt in the fact that Osaka will start this match as the favourite to win. She has the momentum, experience, and confidence on her side to dispatch Pegula with absolute ease.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match 19/20 at 888Sport