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Italian Open 2024: Naomi Osaka vs. Marta Kostyuk; Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Naomi Osaka walked into the Court Centrale of Foro Italico, to play Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Not Like Us’ on her headphones. She took one look at her opponent and then conquered her 7-6(2),6-1 in just 84 minutes. Naomi Osaka defeated France’s Clara Burel in her first match at the 2024 Italian Open. She will now face the in-form Marta Kostyuk in her second round match. Can Naomi Osaka continue her winning momentum in her next one agreement?

Well, this was her first appearance at the tournament since 2021 And her win against 45th-ranked Burel was her first win against a Top 50 opponent on clay. Naomi Osaka last achieved this feat in 2019 with the French Open where she defeated Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller. Japanese tennis is far from being at its best, but it is hungry. she is in despair And more importantly, she looks it rather fits now. It will be interesting to see how far she goes this time in Rome.

Naomi Osaka vs Marta Kostyuk: Preview

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Grand Stand Arena awaits an exciting battle between the former world number one and the current world number 20! Naomi Osaka’s best result this year came at the Qatar Open, where she reached the QF. She was quite ordinary in the rest of the tournaments this year. Despite a minor hiccup in the first set of her final match, Osaka ultimately overcame the French challenge quite comfortably. She shot ten aces and held one strong checking for her double faults. Her first serve winning percentage was 82% And her winning percentage on the second serve was 54% against Clara Burel.

Naomi Osaka converted four of her nine break points and won eight from her service games in her first match at the Italian Open this year. Looking at her totals for the season, Osaka has hit 127 aces so far and only committed 53 double faults. She won 79.4% of her service games, but she could do that too succeed closing the deal in just 24% of her return games. Can Naomi Osaka cash in on her aces and take a step forward towards the next round by beating the Ukrainian in her next match?

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Speaking of the Ukrainian, Marta Kostyuk has been in red-hot form this year. She reached the 2024 AO QF earlier this year And then it was tracked through two finals and one semi-final appearance in her subsequent tournaments. Howeverduring the Madrid OpenMarta Kostyuk saw an early exit after being defeated by Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 2-6,5-7. In that match Kostyuk succeeded hit only two aces, but made four double faults. Her first serve winning percentage was 50% But It dropped to 45% on her second serve. But the Ukrainian tennis star converted three of her four break points and won four from her service games against Sherif.

Looking at her stats for this season, Marta Kostyuk has hit a total of 73 aces this season, but committed 172 double faults. That’s something that should be a worrying factor in her match against Osaka. Kostyuk has won 65.5% of her service games and 40.8% of her return games this season. Can she beat the experienced campaigner in her next match?

Osaka vs. Kostyuk: Head-to-Head

They have only met once in their careers so far. Naomi Osaka had the last laugh in their minds last meeting at the 2020 US Open. She defeated Marta Kostyuk 6-3,6-7,6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. In that match, Osaka hit five aces and made four double faults. The Ukrainian hit seven aces and made a commit a total of ten double faults against the Japanese tennis star. Osaka’s first serve win rate was 79% But It dropped to 58% on her second serve against Kostyuk.

Marta Kostchuk managed to win 67% of her first serve and 52% of her second serve in the third round at the US Open that year. However, the numbers weren’t too impressive for either player when it came to break points. Osaka was only able to convert five of her twenty-one break points while Kostyuk converted only one out of her eight. Converting half chances in their second meeting will be key in determining the eventual winner of the second round match in Italy.

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Prediction: Kostyuk will sneak a win against the former world number one

Naomi Osaka has not played much on the clay courts this year. But Marta Kostyuk reached the final of the Stuttgart Open last month. The Ukrainian has been in plenty of contact this year, compiling a win-loss record of 19-8 so far this season. While Naomi Osaka has a win-loss record of just 9-8. Osaka does have that though improved little by little every time she stepped onto the field after her comeback. Finding consistency will be the key to success for Naomi Osaka. Marta Kostyuk will look forward to carrying the momentum of getting advantageous results in the big competitions.

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Osaka reached the QF of this tournament in 2019 while Kostyuk only succeeded in that range the R32 last year. Naomi Osaka’s aggressive basic game is put to the test against an exceptional mover on the field. The Japanese tennis star would especially like to rely on her brute strength of her forehand and serve. While the Ukrainian will try to make full use of her innovative shooting skills. Kostyuk is even in the rankings (20). currently far ahead of Osaka (173). But Naomi Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam champion! Will this be enough to get a win against Kostyuk? No, I think she needs that still some time to come back to her A-game.