Barty vs Naomi Osaka
SF match in Nottingham between N1 seeded Ashleigh Barty and N3 seeded Naomi Osaka.
Barty proved herself as a tough opponent to everwhelm on grass courts during the last years. Players like Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Johanna Konta or Petra Kvitova are those who succeeded to eliminate her in different tours on grass. Both of the players are young with a lot of power from the baseline, but I think grass will give advantage to Ashleigh Barty. Don't know why but most of the top Australians amongst men and women rankings feel comfortable when playing on grass. In another tour this week you can see Ebden and Tomic also in the SFs, together with De Minaur in challenger.
Barty and Osaka have two matches, both of them winning one time. Their last match was this season in Australian Open, when Osaka was in hot form and won the match 6:4 6:2, but a few years ago in Acapulco Barty did it also with the same result. So, with no matches between them on grass, it's hard to predict who will be the real favorite..For me Osaka on grass will be nothing special, while Barty knows how to play successfully on that surface. Also Barty is with better ranking and Osaka is far away from the top form she reached in Australia and in the USA in the start of the season. Ashleigh to reach the final is my prediction here, maybe aganst Johanna Konta. Strangely, but the other SF between Konta and Vekic is even much harder for prediction for me, because they always make crazy long matches with a lot of breaks.
Barty vs Naomi Osaka prediction
|Barty||Pinnacle||1.70||9||2-0 WON (+6.3 units)|