The last time Osaka and Pliskova played among themselves in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2019. Then Naomi was stronger. On January 11, in Brisbane, tennis players will argue for reaching the final. Who will win? – read in our prediction.

Naomi Osaka

From the very first tournament of the season, Naomi Osaka has been actively involved in the struggle for the highest results. Already in Brisbane she defended points for last year’s semifinal. There is a chance to improve your achievement.

In each of the three matches on the way to the semifinals, Osaka gave sets to rivals. However, it is worth noting the difficult tournament bracket of the Japanese. Sakkari, Kenin, Bertens are able to impose a fight on anyone, which they demonstrated in matches against Naomi. She found the strength of Osaka and in the decisive parties brought the matter to victory. Apparently, she worked pretty well in the offseason in terms of physical fitness.

It is noticeable in Brisbane that with Wim Fissette they worked on the pitch. In the first two matches against Saqqari and Sofia Kenin, she completed 16 and 18 aces respectively. In the game with Bertens, the emphasis was on the accuracy of hitting the first ball (67%).

Obviously a difficult approach to the semifinals for Naomi. Nevertheless, three protracted matches may not be in her favor. This is somewhat alarming when choosing a prediction for a match.

Karolina Pliskova

In a much more relaxed mode, last year’s Brisbane tournament winner Karolina Pliskova approaches the semi-finals.

The Czech Republic started immediately from the second round, had only two matches. Three sets came against Ajla Tomljanovic, although the third game became largely a formality (6-4, 6-7, 6-1). In the quarter-finals, Carolina managed in two games against the well-prepared Alison Riske (7-6, 6-3).

Not everything turned out on court in the quarter-finals against Risk. Opponent coped at the reception with Carolina’s serve. Alison had ten break points at once, of which she realized three. We could see the third set in the match, but Riske made too many mistakes on his pitch, made 11 double mistakes right away.

In general, for the two matches held, it is obviously too early to say that Plishkova is now ready to demonstrate her best tennis.

Statistics and personal meetings

  • In personal meetings between tennis players equality 2-2.
  • The last victory in personal meetings in 2019 remained with Osaka.

Naomi Osaka vs Karolina Pliskova Prediction

In the line of bookmakers to the semi-finals between tennis players Naomi Osaka received the status of a favorite. The Japanese tennis player held three matches against difficult opponents, in which she not only managed to play, but showed her current potential.

Plishkova had only two matches, on which it is hard to say for sure what Carolina is now ready for. In the last match against Osaka last year in Melbourne in all respects, Naomi outplayed Carolina, was better in each of the components of the game. It doesn’t look like something has changed radically in Brisbane. The bet on the victory of the Japanese tennis player begs in the match, although the coefficient is not too pleasing to the eye.

Our prediction is Osaka will win.