🐪 Dubai DFTC – R2 Prediction
🇯🇵 (1) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic
It has been an eventful couple of months for Naomi Osaka, to say the least. The world number 1 will be pleased to return to what she does best in Dubai, play tennis. Osaka opens with a second round clash against Kristina Mladenovic, her first match since winning her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month.
This should be a very comfortable match-up for Osaka. Mladenovic has consistently struggled on the singles court in recent times and will likely have a lot of trouble dealing with the power of Osaka. Mladenovic’s serve is the big concern, she has a tendency to leak double faults and will really feel the pressure of the Osaka return. This is a match-up where Osaka will not have to think too much, she just needs to stay aggressive but consistent and can really pound the Mladenovic backhand side, a perfect match-up after some time off.