Number four seed Naomi Osaka will meet the in-form American Alison Riske in the third round of the 2019 China Open on Thursday, October 3. The match will start after 1:00 pm local time (6:00 am BST) and here, you will find the Naomi Osaka v Alison Riske live streaming options with the tips, preview, and head to head statistics.
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Naomi Osaka v Alison Riske Head to Head
Riske holds a 1-0 lead over Osaka, last beating her in the Madrid Open back in 2016.
Riske, in a Superb Form
The 29-year-old American is having what is undoubtedly her career-best season at the moment. Currently ranked World No. 24 – her best ranking yet, Riske’s rise in the rankings is nothing short of dramatic. At the start of the season, she was outside the top 60 but then, bit by bit, she fought her way to be ranked with the elites.
She rose to prominence in the Libema Open where she won the title – her second one, after defeating Kiki Bertens in the final. Then, in Wimbledon, she reached the quarterfinal after knocking out a few big names like Belinda Bencic and Ashleigh Barty. While Riske’s US Open series wasn’t quite along the same lines, she found her groove in Asia, more specifically in Wuhan last week.
The American reached the biggest singles final of her career after moving past Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, and a few other players. Despite falling to Aryna Sabalenka ultimately, that run that has truly made her a force to be reckoned with. So far in Beijing, she has continued playing in the same vein, starting with a three-set win over Ajla Tomljanovic.
Osaka, Looking Confident
Following her title run in Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, the 21-year-old Japanese arrived in China, looking to keep that momentum going. It’s been a pretty easy ride for her so far as she dispatched the likes of Jessica Pegula and Andrea Petkovic with absolute ease.
There has been a gradual drop in Osaka’s form over the last few months but that may very well have been a blessing in disguise. As she learns to deals with losses, she becomes a better player in the process. Plus, she has pretty much cemented her position inside the top five after consistent runs in many promising tournaments. For the Australian Open champion, the journey to become World No. 1 again isn’t that difficult, especially given her skill set.
Osaka v Riske Tips & Predictions
This is an evenly matched fixture. While Osaka is riding her title wave, Riske is becoming a menacing player with every game she plays. All in all, this will be an entertaining one.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match 41/50 at 888Sport