World number nine Naomi Osaka will face the unseeded world number 93 Shelby Rogers in the quarterfinal of the 2020 US Open on Tuesday, September 8. The match timing is still to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Naomi Osaka v Shelby Rogers match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Naomi Osaka v Shelby Rogers Head to Head
This is an interesting match-up. There have been three matches played between these two players before this, of which two were on the ITF circuit and each time Rogers had triumphed. All were straight-set wins for Rogers but the last they played was in 2017, a year when Osaka was ranked between 44th and 68th in the world.
Things have obviously changed drastically since then with Rogers having struggled to get going and fallen down the rankings charts while Osaka has gone on to win two Grand Slam titles and captured the number one ranking.
Osaka Crashes into Kontaveit’s Party
Kontaveit’s form in the lead-up to her fourth round match against Osaka would have led to some reckoning she might have had a chance against the two-time Grand Slam winner. An hour and 12 minutes, however, is all it took for Osaka to demolish Kontaveit, winning 6-3, 6-4 to make it to the last eight.
Osaka faced no break points in the entire match, while breaking her opponent thrice and came away with 21 winners to her 18 unforced errors in the encounter. And it was her serve that made this win this comfortable with Osaka getting 71% of her first serves in and winning 84% of those points.
On her way to making it to the quarterfinals, Osaka has been tested on a couple of occasions already but not only has she come through those moments but also looked invincible at other times.
Like she was taken to three sets by Misaki Doi in her opener and then again by Marta Kostyuk in the third round; however on both occasions, the set she lost was a fighting show, one in which she maintained parity till almost the very end.
This quality could make her doubly dangerous going into the rest of the tournament.
Rogers Sends Kvitova Out
Rogers had already surprised Elena Rybakina in the second round of this US Open but if one thought that was a flash in the pan, she returned to send Petra Kvitova packing from the tournament.
In a match lasting two hours and 40 minutes and going into a final set tie-breaker, fortunes fluctuated drastically before the American came through 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 to make it through to just her second Grand Slam quarterfinal over a career that has lasted a decade.
Shelby needed to save four match-points but having committed 12 fewer unforced errors in the match, she managed to hang in the match till the very end. In the final tie-breaker, Kvitova wasn’t helped by inability to break past Shelby Rogers’ serve while committing a double-fault of her own too.
Rogers had earlier made it to the semifinal at the Lexington Open too, but more vitally had come back from a set down there to beat Serena Williams in the quarterfinals – again which included a third set tie-breaker.
Issue, however, is Osaka’s in red-hot form unlike both Kvitova and Serena and things won’t get any easier for the surprise American quarterfinalist.
Osaka v Rogers Prediction & Tip
Osaka is a favourite and with Rogers that spent physically and emotionally following a match of that intensity against Kvitova, the Japanese will be a favourite to win this in straight sets.
Tip: Osaka to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)