Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka vs. Jennifer Brady Championship Prediction

Naomi Osaka’s career trajectory is quite promising. She is in her 4th major final since Sept. 2018. Even if Osaka loses this match, these results project out to many major finals and titles. Jennifer Brady won the Top Seed Open in Lexington, KY last summer (shameless Kentucky plug from “Kentucky” Dan Martin). She also reached…

Australian Open 2021: Day 9 Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Hsieh Su-Wei vs Naomi Osaka (3) – I have gotten so many of Hsieh Su-Wei’s matches wrong over the years that this is probably a good omen for her. Still, Osaka is to my mind the best in the world because she attacks as well as power players and defends as…

Australian Open 2021: Day 7 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start)  [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [14] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) – This match is potentially a blockbuster. Osaka won the 2019 Australian Open, and Muguruza lost the 2020 Australian Open final in 3 sets. They hold a combined 5 singles major titles and Muguruza has 2 major runner-up finishes to…

Australian Open 2021: Day 5 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) [7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs. [Q] Ann Li (USA) – Li has had an impressive run and is one to watch, but Sabalenka should advance in 2 or 3 close sets.[10] Serena Wiliams (USA) vs. Anastasia Potapova (RUS) – Serena’s serve on unexpectedly fast courts have to have…

Australian Open 2021: February 10th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) – I like the chalk on Rod Laver Arena [8] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) vs. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)[10] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Nina Stojanovic (SRB)[3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)  Margaret Court Arena  [7] Aryna Sabalenka (RUS) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)[9] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) – Cirstea…

Australian Open 2021: February 7th Key Match Predictions

ROD LAVER ARENA Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) v 3-Naomi Osaka (Japan) – This is not the easiest 1st round match, but Osaka should advance in 2 sets. Laura Siegemund (Germany) v 10-Serena Williams (U.S.) – Serena should win, but again this is not as easy as it might have been. 3-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Mikhail Kukushkin…

Australian Open 2021: Final Four Predictions

Women’s Singles Final Four #1 Ash Barty vs. #20 Maria Sakkari & #3 Naomi Osaka vs. #10 Serena Williams I have a sneaky feeling that Sakkari will take home the big trophy. Men’s Singles Final Four #1 Novak Djokovic vs. #3 Dominic Thiem & #4 Daniil Medvedev vs. #5 Stefanos Tsitsipas* I like Medvedev if…

Naomi Osaka and Tennis over the Next 36 Months

Japan is the world’s third largest economy. Naomi Osaka just won the US Open for the second time in 24 months. She won the 2019 Australian Open and achieved the #1 ranking between these two US Open triumphs. The Olympic games will be held in Tokyo sometime soon (Summer 2021 is the best estimate). These…