WTA Qatar Open 2024: Naomi Osaka vs Caroline Garcia; Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 02/12/2024, 4:43 AM EST

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The 2024 Qatar Open will start the WTA 1000 tour, and the players fight to ensure they can claim more points and the higher prize money. Comeback star Naomi Osaka will face Caroline Garcia in her opening-round clash, and the two will not relent. We will see them go toe-to-toe for each point, but only one player will be able to go ahead.

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Both Osaka and Garcia have not been faring too well in the ongoing season. A win will give them good momentum to carry on for the tournament and the rest of the Middle Eastern swing.

Naomi Osaka vs Caroline Garcia: Preview

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Osaka was absent from the entirety of the 2023 season owing to her pregnancy and childbirth later in July. She returned to tennis after recovering and training to be at her previous level. She came back with a resounding bang in the Brisbane International as she won her first match. However, she would be ousted in the second round of the tournament.

She would face Garcia in the Australian Open first round but found herself losing to the Spaniard. Osaka followed it with a stint in the Abu Dhabi Open but saw herself leaving the first round with a bagel. Now, she will face Garcia again and hope for vengeance.

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In 2023, Garcia faced a major slump. She managed to end 2022 ranked 4 after winning a Masters, reaching a slam semifinal and winning the WTA Finals. However, she could not manage to replicate such results in 2023. Her best result was a semifinal in the Guadalajara Open and 3rd round in the Australian Open.

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In 2024, Garcia experienced similar results. She could not go past round two in the Adelaide International Australian Open and lost in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Open. She will be looking to quash Osaka once again to move ahead.

Osaka vs Garcia: Head-to-Head

Caroline Garcia and Naomi Osaka have fought against each other twice. Their first clash came in the 2021 Australian Open. The match saw Osaka have a resounding win with the scores 6-2, 6-3. The win would boost her, and she would go on to win the tournament. Their second clash would once again take place in the Australian Open, but three years down the line.

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It was a comeback for Osaka and a chance for revenge for Garcia. The Spaniard would have her revenge, but Osaka didn’t let her have the win easily. The match ended with the scoreboard reading 6-4, 7-6 for the Spaniard. 

Prediction: Garcia to take the win once again

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While Osaka and Garcia have both been struggling, the Spaniard has a much higher chance of winning their bout. Their recent clash affirms that it will not be easy for her, but given her momentum and Osaka’s ongoing struggles, Garcia will likely move on and find herself aiming to go beyond round two of the tournament once again. Who do you think has a better chance of winning?

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