The round of 32 for the WTA Gippsland Trophy gets underway with tournament favorite Naomi Osaka on the match card. Here are your daily preview and predictions.
Katie Boulter vs Naomi Osaka
Osaka is 2-0 against Boulter in their careers, in her first tour match since the US Open, Osaka eased past Alize Cornet while Boulter already has a pair of wins under her belt including a three set win against Coco Gauff. While Boulter should make this a competitive match, Osaka’s complete game should shine. Osaka in 2
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Iga Swiatek
A highly competitive match between in-form players, Alexandrova, the veteran of this matchup, will be aiming for the upset while Swiataek, who best on clay, is looking to build in advance of the Australian Open, a tournament where she reached the fourth round last year. Both players needed three sets to get through the opening round and were knocking off rust. I’ll go with Swiatek to grind out a win. Swiatek in 3.
Johanna Konta vs Irina-Camelia Begu
Begu has posted a pair of tough three set wins, but beating Konta looks to be a higher level of challenge than she’s ready for at this time. The Brit eased through in her opening match and looks primed for a deeper run. Konta in 2
Kaia Kanepi vs Daria Kasatkina
Kasatkina has won a pair of matches on the trot and is demonstrating impressive form while Kanepi has had to grind through a pair of three setters. Though Kanepi has won both of their previous hard court matches (2-2 overall h2h), Kasatkina seems primed to get the win here and take the edge in the h2h. Kasatkina in 3