Anisimova 3.35 v Osaka 1.41
Due to start at 8 am
Both have strong results on hard. Osaka has the better win percentage.
Osaka is the defending champion. She won 40 of her last 50 matches on hard courts. She also reached the q finals in Miami and third rounds in Tokyo, Cincinnati and the US Open.
Anisimova dropped a set to Hartono in the 1st round but beat Bencic in straight sets. She won a title in Melbourne this month, beating Kasatkina in the semi final. She reached the third round in Indian Wells in Oct. She reached third rounds in Montreal and Miami. She made the semi finals in Melbourne this month but withdrew before her match with Kudermetova.
Osaka has only been broken once in each round but faced 10 bp’s against Brengle in the second round. Anisimova should be able to put her under pressure. Lay Osaka around 1.25 and remove liability at 1.50.
Back Osaka above 2.00 and remove liability at 1.45. Back Osaka if she loses set 1.
Update: Osaka broke in the first game of the match and that was the only break of the set. The lay at 1.25 could have been carried into set 2. Anisimova got the only break of set 2. IN the deciding set, Osaka faced 2 bp in the 3rd game. We could have exited the trade.
The set went to a tie break, although Osaka had 2 match points when Anisimova served at 4-5. Anisimova won the match tie break.
Anisimova won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6