Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitová Betting Preview & Tips | 25/01/19
Tennis specialist Craig Vickers (@craigvickers_) previews day thirteen of the Australian Open and provides us with his best bets.
- 2019 Profit and Loss: +5.13pts
Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitová Australian Open Women’s Singles Final Betting Preview & Tips
- Date: 26 January
- Time: 08:30
- Venue: Melbourne Park, City of Melbourne, Australia
- Channel: Eurosport UK
Saturday marks women’s final day at the 2019 Australian Open as US Open champion Naomi Osaka battles two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.
Our winning streak came to a shuddering halt on Friday as Novak Djokovic breezed past Lucas Pouille (6-0, 6-2, 6-2) to seal his place in yet another Australian Open final.
The key was Pouille to have served at a similar percentage to what he did in the previous rounds, but the Serb’s supreme returning capabilities suffocated the Frenchman, whose first serve % dropped as a result.
He will now face Rafael Nadal in a rematch of their lung-bursting 2012 final in Melbourne.
Nevertheless, the women’s final awaits on Saturday, with the winner set to become the world number one on Monday.
Key Stats & Facts
Osaka probably couldn’t have envisaged a scenario earlier this month where she would be contesting the Australian Open final after struggling to maintain focus, but the Japanese is two sets away from truly establishing herself as an elite champion in the women’s game.
She has recent Grand Slam experience, as well, behind her, retaining her composure amid surreal circumstances in the US Open final against Serena Williams last year, and she will be keen to get her paws on a major title she can truly cherish after admitting the victory in Flushing Meadows felt ‘bittersweet’.
Kvitova, meanwhile, boasts an immense record in finals (26 wins, 7 losses) and has never lost in a Grand Slam final, although her last triumph was five years ago at Wimbledon.
She is also coming in having spent less time on court, winning each of her matches in straight sets akin to Rafael Nadal on the men’s side.
An evening match will also suit the Czech – especially on the slower Rod Laver Arena – with the zip on Osaka’s groundstrokes likely to be reduced and it will be curious to see how the Japanese faces up to the challenge of a lefty on a big occasion.
She has won only one of her five meetings with Angelique Kerber – a fellow lefty – and even that triumph came during the German’s dismal 2017 year on the tour. Since the start of 2017, she has won only three of her matches against left-handers and lost five, with one of those victories coming against then 95th ranked Bernada Pera.
Kvitova is also competing in her first Grand Slam final since she was forced to undergo surgery on her playing hand after a knife attack at her home in Prostejov, meaning there will be added drive inside the 28-year-old.
She shed a few tears after defeating Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals and the elation of adding yet another major title to her collection will surely spur her on when opportunities arise against the Japanese.