Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza, Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/13/2021, 10:45 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

The women’s singles division at the Australian Open 2021 is hurtling towards an exciting end, and we already have a few mighty clashes in the fourth round to look forward to. One of them is between two extremely talented athletes in Garbine Muguruza and Naomi Osaka. 


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Venue: Rod Laver Arena 

Date: February 14th, 2021


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This match will miss the fans in the stands, but it will be the perfect entertainer to cap off a week full of high-intensity clashes.

Osaka and Muguruza are in terrific form at the moment, and their Valentine’s Day clash will offer the victor a spot in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2021. 

Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza: Preview

This is one of the biggest matches of the tournament so far. The Australian Open 2021 has given fans plenty of entertaining matches this year, and this fixture will only add to the spectacle.

Muguruza came into the tournament on the back of a good warm-up event and is yet to drop a set in the Grand Slam. She’s been to the fourth round at the Australian Open on five occasions in the past and that kind of experience will play a huge role against a player like Naomi Osaka

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza during her final singles match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Osaka, too, didn’t have to struggle much to get to the fourth round at the Australian Open this year. The 23-year-old has been consistent with her game with her recent victory coming against #27 seed Ons Jabeur. 

Furthermore, the 2019 Australian Open champion is highly anticipating her match against Muguruza as she considers the Spaniard to be a ‘bigger sister’.

Both Osaka and Muguruza have been to the Finals of the Australian Open before, but they are contrasting tales as Osaka won the championship in 2019, while Muguruza suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Sofia Kenin in 2020. 

Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza: Head-to-Head

Osaka and Muguruza have surprisingly never butt heads on the WTA Tour before, hence, there is no personal record to display between the two. 

Sunday’s match will mark their maiden professional meeting, and there’s not much difference between them when it comes to their physical attributes or playing style. 

Osaka vs Muguruza: Prediction

It’s hard to pick a winner for this clash as Osaka and Muguruza are quite congruent. Getting into an early rhythm for the match would be vital for either athlete. Osaka is in tremendous form and so is Muguruza. 


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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her first round match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

However, Osaka is the favorite to win this match due to her consistent run of form. The form that she has been bolstering ever since the US Open 2020. We predict Naomi Osaka to defeat Garbine Muguruza in three sets. 


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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.