World number nine Naomi Osaka will face Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the second round of the 2020 US Open with the match to be played on Wednesday, September 2. The start time is still to be decided. Get the live streaming options of this Naomi Osaka v Camila Giorgi match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Naomi Osaka v Camila Giorgi Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between Osaka and Giorgi. In the first match which came at the Tokyo Open semifinal of 2018, Osaka had demolished Giorgi in straight sets.
Osaka Makes a Statement
The one statement Osaka made in her first round win against Misaki Doi, a fellow Japanese player, was she is fit and the foot injury that had caused her to withdraw from the Cincinnati Open final looked to have improved. The other obviously came when she wore a mask that paid a tribute to Breonna Taylor and said she had seven different masks which she will reveal as and when she progresses.
It wasn’t an easy win for Osaka by any stretch, given she was playing an opponent ranked 81st in the world but she came through in the 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
The victory comes on the back of a solid performance during the Cincinnati Open which saw her dispose off opponents like Karolina Muchova, Dayana Yastremska, Anett Kontaveit and Elise Mertens before that injury made it tough for her to play the final.
Osaka, who had won the 2018 US Open but was bundled out in the fourth round last year by Belinda Bencic, will hope for a much deeper run this year. So will the loved ones of all those affected by the social issues in the country.
Giorgi Looking to Climb Back to Best Ranking
She was once ranked 26th in the world, but Giorgi has slid down to 103rd as her season low. Slowly and steadily, the Italian is now climbing back to her best, and while she is some way off that, a current ranking of 74th in the world speaks about how well she has done recently.
At the Auckland Open, Giorgi made it to the main draw through the qualifiers but lost to Serena Williams and while she lost in the qualifying rounds of Hobart, the Italian finally showed what she is capable of at the Australian Open. She made it to the third round there.
Another strong showing in Lyon followed, and while Giorgi did not play a single exhibition match during the pandemic break, she returned to storm into the Palermo Open semifinal.
And now, with a fighting win over Alison van Uytvanck, Giorgi has given herself a chance to play one of the world’s best but also one who has a hamstring problem that needs to be managed.
Naomi Osaka v Camila Giorgi Prediction & Tip
On paper, Osaka should breeze past Giorgi but a lot depends on her hamstring injury issue. We had predicted over 18.5 games last round Osaka played and we think it might not get any easier this round either.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 10/11 (bet365)