The WTA Finals in Shenzhen are about to start, and the groups are out. Naomi Osaka will have a tough task ahead as she was drawn in the same group as Ashleigh Barty, Petra Kvitova, and Belinda Bencic. The other group features Karolina Pliskova, Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, and Elina Svitolina.
Naomi is on a roll as she won the last 2 tournaments in Osaka and Beijing back to back soon after she parted ways with her coach Jermaine Jenkins. In addition, the world no.3 gained some more confidence after beating the seemingly indestructible Bianca Andreescu in Beijing.
H2H Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova
Naomi will face Petra Kvitova in her first match on Sunday. The head to head is 1-0 for Naomi that defeated Petra in January in the Australian Open final 7-6 (2) 5-7 6-4.
Naomi Osaka’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Naomi played her last match on the 6th of October when she defeated Ashleigh Barty 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final in Beijing to win her 5th career title.
This year Naomi has a 39-11 win-loss record. The Japanese clinched 3 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Osaka and in Beijing.
Ashleigh Barty’s ranking and performance in 2019
Now ranked no.1, Ashleigh played her last match on the 6th of October when she was defeated by Naomi Osaka 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final in Beijing.
This year Ashleigh has a 48-11 win-loss record. The Australian has won 3 titles in 2019 in Miami, at the French Open and in Birmingham. Barty was the finalist in Sydney and in Beijing.
Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty played each other 4 times. The head to head is 2-2.
The last time that they played each other, Naomi Osaka won 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final in Beijing in 06th October 2019.
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