WTA Stuttgart Quarter-Finals: Osaka to Take Down Vekic

João Mourato

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:06 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019 7:06 PM UTC

Join us and find out our best tennis tips for this Friday’s action in the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

<p><br /><span style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em;font-weight:700;">Naomi Osaka (1) vs. Donna Vekic</span><br /><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tennis/world/wta/stuttgart-germany/vekic-vs-osaka-3783179/" target="_blank" title="Check Osaka - Vekic Betting Odds"><strong>Friday, April 26, Stuttgart</strong></a><br /> </p><p>Naomi Osaka got her clay-court season off to a good start with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Su-Wei Hsieh in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The world No.1 saved both break points she faced against Hsieh and struck 22 winners to just 16 unforced errors in a dominant display from the Japanese. Osaka was very pleased with the level of her game and although she has yet to win a clay-court tournament, the winner of the last two Grand Slams said the conditions in Stuttgart suit her style of play.</p><p>Looking now at Osaka’s draw on this event, the No.1 seed will next take on Donna Vekic for a place in the semi-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 22-year-old Croatian needed just 79 minutes to take down Daria Kasatkina on Thursday and reach her third WTA Premier quarter-final of the year. Nevertheless, clay is arguably Vekic’s worst surface with the world No.25 winning only 47.46% of the matches played throughout her career on red dirt.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;World No.1 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Naomi_Osaka_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@Naomi_Osaka_&lt;/a&gt; kicked off her clay-court season with a quality win 👏&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;She's into the &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/PorscheTennis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@PorscheTennis&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Grand Prix quarterfinals after her win over Hsieh.&lt;br /&gt;--&amp;gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/QtcCGqmqJc\"&gt;https://t.co/QtcCGqmqJc&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/%E5%A4%A7%E5%9D%82%E3%81%AA%E3%81%8A%E3%81%BF?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#大坂なおみ&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Ubh5HmCU13\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/Ubh5HmCU13&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WTA (@WTA) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WTA/status/1121406233007804417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;25 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>These two players will face each other for the second time in their careers. Osaka leads 1-0 in their head-to-head after a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open in 2016.</p><p>The bookmakers are expecting a close encounter with Osaka as the slight favourite at 13/20 (1.65) with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a> while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Bet365 &amp; Start Playing Today!">Bet365</a> offers 3/2 (2.50) for Vekic to win this match. Despite Donna’s impressive results in 2019, it’s hard to trust on the Croatian on this surface. On the other hand, Osaka is a very tough matchup for Vekic and the court conditions in Stuttgart should benefit the Japanese. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Naomi’s moneyline to your <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">betting tips</a> as the best value bet for this contest.</p>
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