Australian Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Naomi Osaka vs Hsieh Su-wei Preview, Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 02/15/2021, 1:04 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her second round match against France’s Caroline Garcia REUTERS/Loren Elliott


In the fourth round of the 2021, Australian Open, Naomi Osaka beat Garbine Muguruza in a thrilling encounter. She was forced to save match points, but in the end, she made it to the quarter-finals of the event. There, the Japanese star will be facing Hsieh Su-wei.

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The Taiwanese star has been playing incredibly well, beating players like Bianca Andreescu and Tsvetana Pironkova. It will be a very tough match, but who has the best chance to win? Let’s find out!

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts . It was during her fourth round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Naomi Osaka vs Hsieh Su-wei: Head-to-Head

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Osaka and Hsieh have met each other 5 times over the course of their careers with the Japanese star winning 4 of those encounters. However, none of those battles were easy for Naomi.

Almost every single match between the two players has been a three-setter. This shows that Hsieh has been able to challenge Osaka, and that is bad news for the Japanese star ahead of their quarter-final encounter.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action. It was during her fourth-round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Prediction

Considering that Osaka is a 3-time Grand Slam champion and a winner of the Australian Open, many might pick her to be the favorite to win tomorrow’s match. However, those are not the only factors that must be taken into account.

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The Japanese star recently played a tough match in her previous round and hence, she could be fatigued. On the other hand, Hsieh Su-wei has won all of her matches in straight sets, meaning she will be fresh for her match.

In addition to that, she has also caused problems for Osaka in the past. All of this indicates that Hsieh Su-wei could potentially upset Naomi when she plays her tomorrow.

Prediction: Hsieh Su-Wei beats Naomi Osaka in 3 sets

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