With the 2021 Australian Open steamrolling into the quarterfinal round, it’s time to find out whether third-seeded Naomi Osaka can get past the unheralded Hsieh Su-wei in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at 3:30 a.m.ET.
Will Osaka avoid the upset as the heavy favorite? Could Su-wei pull off the huge upset as the decisive underdog? Before we get to tour tennis betting predictions on this affair, let’s look at all of the 2021 Australian Open odds on the board right now.
No. 3 Naomi Osaka vs. Hsieh Su-wei
When: Tuesday, 3:30 a.m. ET
TV: USA – ESPN, Tennis Channel, India – Sony Six
Check out the 2021 Australian Open WTA Odds.
Osaka Looks the Part
The third-seeded Osaka won her first three matches in straight sets over Anastasia Pavlychuenkova, Caroline Garcia, and Ons Jabeur. The 2019 Aussie Open champ had her hands full in the fourth round and had to stave off two match points to get past No. 14 seed Garbine Muguruza on Saturday. The 23-year-old Osaka rained down a whopping 11 aces and leads the WTA field in aces through four rounds with 31. Osaka won 73% of her first serves and won 75% of Muguruza’s second serves.
Check out the 2021 Australian Open ATP Odds.
Hsieh Su-wei got past veteran Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-2 in her opener before stunning eighth-seeded Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. Su-wei then got past Sara Errani in three sets including a 7-5 score in the final set. In her fourth-round match Su-wei dispatched No. 19 seed Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 6-2. The 35-year-old world No. 71 from Taiwan doesn’t have a big serve, but she’s consistent in the ground game and ranks second in breakpoints (24) as she makes her first quarterfinal appearance in a major.
Osaka leads Hsieh Su-wei in the head-to-head matchup by a 4-1 margin. Osaka has won two straight including a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2 win in Cincinnati in 2019. Four of the five meetings between the pair have gone the distance.
Osaka is my No. 2 pick to get the win behind Serena Williams and I see no reason to believe she won’t get past Hsieh Su-Wei in their quarterfinal matchup. Yes, Osaka will be facing a crafty veteran that won’t go down without a fight, but the three-time slam winner has all of the advantages in this matchup.
Osaka is the younger, stronger, bigger and faster player with a huge edge when it comes to serving. If Osaka can keep her unforced errors to a minimum and avoid dropping the untimely break against Su-wei, she’ll get the win in overpowering fashion. However, I suspect that Su-wei is somehow going to force this one to go the distance as four of the previous five meetings between these two have. However, with this being a grand slam event, I’m expecting Osaka to prevail to take another step toward reaching the finals.
Pick: Naomi Osaka in Three Sets
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