Naomi Osaka is back at the Toray Pan Pacific Open (in Osaka) where she is seeded no.1.
The Japanese sensation is still trying to win the first title after the Australian Open and she will do that soon after she split with her coach Jermaine Jenkins after an overall disappointing 2019.
Naomi was the runner-up last year in Osaka after she lost in the final 6-4 6-4 to Karolina Pliskova. The top seed will start from the 2nd round as she has a bye in the first. This is her projected path:
R1 – Bye
R2 – Qualifier
1/4 – Martic
1/2 – Stephens
Fin – Bertens
Here the draw
Naomi Osaka’s ranking and performance i 2019
Ranked no.4, Osaka played her last match on the 2nd of September when she was defeated by Belinda Bencic 7-5 6-4 in the 4th round in U.S. Open.
This year Osaka has a 29-11 win-loss record. Osaka clinched 1 title at the Australian Open.
Sloane Stephens’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.14, Stephens played her last match on the 27th of August when she lost to Anna Kalinskaya 6-3 6-4 in the 1st round in U.S. Open.
Sloane Stephens’s best performance of the present season was reaching the semi-finals in Madrid.
Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens played each other 2 times. The head to head is 2-0 for Stephens.
The last time that they squared off, Sloane Stephens won 7-5 4-6 6-1 in the Round Robin in Singapore in October 2018.
Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens
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