Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova will be played on 26 January 2019, at 9:30 AM CET, on Rod Laver Arena. It is the big final of the women’s Australian Open. Live streaming for Naomi Osaka vs Petra Kvitova is available (see below the details).
Osaka’s second or Kvitova’s third?
Both players have already won a Slam title. Osaka last year at the US Open, while Kvitova won Wimbledon twice, in 2011 and 2014. So, if we are talking about experience at the highest level, they both have it. It will be a tactic battle for this year’s Australian Open trophy.
There’s still more at stake: the world’s no 1 position. Right now, Osaka took over from Halep, who is down to the third position. On the second place is Kvitova (which already has a career high as world’s number two). If Naomi Osaka wins, she will stay on the top position and extend the gap between her and Kvitova (who will remain on the second place). If Kvitova wins, Osaka loses the #1 spot and Kvitova will achieve a new career high as the world’s number 1.
To be honest, both players deserve to be WTA #1. They are both Grand Slam winners. But I highly doubt they think about the rankings. The title, the glory and the money are more important.
Road to the final
Osaka’s journey to the final was a little rocky. The Japanese lost a set in almost every match she played since the third round, with one exception. The quarterfinal against Elina Svitolina, in which Osaka dismissed the Ukrainian with a straight 6-4, 6-1. Another tough test for Naomi was the semifinal clash against Pliskova, which the Japanese won in the decider. That being said, let’s take a look at how easy for Kvitova.
The Czech has yet to lose a set in this year’s Australian Open. But there’s a reason for this amazing winning streak. If we take a look at Kvitova’s opponents, we’ll see that she did not play against any tough opponent. Rybarikova, Begu, Bencic, Anisimova, Barty and Collins are not top players. The only seeded player she managed to defeat was Barty (15th seed) in the quarterfinals. It was an easy route for Kvitova, as opposed to the one Naomi has had.
Naomi Osaka has the first chance in this final. She’s got everything: the moves, the shots and the crowd. The only downside is that she spent much more time on-court than Kvitova, but this might be an advantage, because she has some solid matches played so far in the tournament.