US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka vs. Leylah Fernandez Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka vs. Leylah Fernandez Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Naomi Osaka (3) meets Leylah Fernandez in the Third Round on Friday September 3rd, 2021.

Can Naomi Osaka continue to put her poor season and all the distractions aside move forward at the 2021 US Open? The Japanese superstar is one of the prime candidates for the title here in New York but will have to drastically improve if she wants to go all the way. Next up she will face one of the most talented young players in the world, Canada’s Leylah Fernandez. Can the young phenom stun the world number three and advance to the Round of 16? Or will it be Osaka as expected getting the win and moving on?

Naomi Osaka is currently ranked #3 on the WTA Tour and is the number three seed here at the 2021 US Open. When at 100% she is one of the best players in the world if not the best, but we have not seen her best tennis on display since the beginning of the year when she won the Australian Open. She has not spent a lot of time on the court so far here in New York, defeating Marie Bouzkova easily in the First Round and then her Second Round opponent Olga Danilovic retired. While she will be happy to be so fresh heading into the Third Round, it may have been better for her to get some match practice in as she really has been out of touch lately. There is a lot of off-court chatter about her mental state which is sure to be a distraction so it will be interesting to see how well she can block all of that out and focus on her tennis. She is the big favorite to win here against Leylah Fernandez and will be expecting to cruise to victory.

Leylah Fernandez is unseeded here at the 2021 US Open and is currently ranked #73 on the WTA Tour. The 18 year old Canadian star in the making has been in great form so far here in New York, defeating Ana Konjuh and Kaia Kanepi in straight sets. The talented lefty uses angles well and is an aggressive all-court player who is very adept at the net. She will have to use all of her versatility here against Naomi Osaka, who is likely to blow her off the court if she tries to stay back and rally with her. Fernandez is one to watch for the future and has been quietly moving up the rankings but unless she plays the best tennis of her life is likely to be heading home here.

This will be the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour and will very likely end up being a comprehensive win for Naomi Osaka. The Japanese star is certainly not yet at her best and is very vulnerable, but I think the task is a big too great for Leylah Fernandez at this stage in her career. The Canadian is a fine player and will likely challenge for Grand Slams in the future, but I don’t see how she can hang with Osaka here. The world number three is simply too powerful, and loves the courts here in New York. I think that this will be yet another dominant win for the third seed as she continues to improve ahead of a challenge for the title here at the 2021 US Open.

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