Zheng Saisai vs Osaka: how will Naomi start at home Olympics?
In one of the first matches at Tokyo Olympics Zheng Saisai will play against Naomi Osaka on July 24. Will Japanese player record a confident victory? You can find out from our prediction.
Since the start of the year Zheng Saisai couldn't find a win for a long time. On first six tournaments Chinese player failed to get past the first round. But starting from Monterrey tournament her results improved and she recorded her first victories.
Overall, Zheng Saisai won six matches out of 18. Chinese player missed the grass part of the season. She played her most recent official match on June 3, when she was beaten in the second round of Roland Garros by Marta Kostyuk (3:6, 4:6).
Naomi Osaka had a great start of the season, she won a title of Australian Open. But Japanese player failed to repeat that success. Out of the next four tournaments she achieved her best result in Miami, where she reached the quarter-final.
Osaka's most recent tournament is Roland Garros. In Paris Japanese player withdrew herself from the tournament after a victory over Tig in the first round (6:4, 7:6). A reason for that is Naomi's unwillingness to talk to the journalists, though she needed to do that, according to regulations. World No. 2 missed the grass part of the season, so it's hard to assess her level of form before the home Olympics.
In two most recent Osaka's matches tiebreaks were played
In each of three head-to-head matches more than nine games were played in the second set
Both players didn't participate on any tournaments after the Roland Garros, so it's hard to assess their current form. Choosing a prediction for this match, we can offer you to look at the history of head-to-head matches. Two out of three were won by Osaka, but she has never beat the Chinese player by more than six games.
Our prediction - Zheng Saisai to win with a handicap of (+7) games
Prediction: Handicap (+7) for Zheng Saisai
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In each of three head-to-head matches at least 18 games were played. We should also mention that in two most recent Osaka's matches tiebreaks were played. We are also offering to place a bet on total over.
Our second bet is on total over 18 games