Previewing two third round matches on Saturday featuring Venus Williams taking on Naomi Osaka, while French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko faces Camila Giorgi.
1. (10) Venus Williams [No.11] vs Naomi Osaka [No.59]
Overview: Venus Williams is into the third round of Wimbledon after coming through two tough matches. Williams started the tournament with a 7-6 6-4 win over Elise Mertens before surviving to stay in the tournament against Wang Qiang 4-6 6-4 6-1. Venus’ game wasn’t as good as it usually is, maybe because that fatal incident is distracting her? Still, her power game and groundstrokes have been there for the American at crucial times and that is how she has progressed into the round of 32.
Naomi Osaka is into the third round at the All England Club in her first appearance at this Grand Slam after her booming groundstrokes helped her to get past Sara Sorribes Tormo and Barbora Strycova. The Japanese has now reached the third round of all Grand Slams, but will try to reach the fourth round of a Slam for the first time as she faces Venus. Osaka’s power game is awesome to watch especially on faster surfaces and I feel like grass will be a great surface for her sooner or later.
Thoughts: Both have similar game styles and this encounter will definitely be a fun one with both players trying to dictate play. However, Venus is the more experienced one especially on this surface where Osaka isn’t the most comfortable on yet. Should be a close one here, this should likely go the distance with Williams’ experience to shine through in the important moments.
2. (13) Jelena Ostapenko [No.14] vs Camila Giorgi [No.86]
Overview: Watched Camila Giorgi’s win over Madison Keys? This could be an even more exciting one – this time Giorgi takes on another power hitter, Jelena Ostapenko. Obviously Ostapenko just won the French Open, and she is great form having took out Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda in three sets here. Check out the tweet below… is she the new P3tra?!
Camila Giorgi’s form obviously hasn’t reached the heights of Ostapenko this year, but she has gotten two solid wins here at SW19, beating Alize Cornet in a topsy-turvy match in three. Giorgi also took out Madison Keys yesterday, where she was the better player and finished with 24 winners to 26 unforced errors, surprisingly cleaner stats for the Italian.
Thoughts: This is probably going to be an exciting one, however it could also be the opposite as both have big games that could go haywire anytime. It will ultimately come down to who can make less errors and dictate play – that was the same line I said with the Giorgi-Keys match! I’ll go with Giorgi for this one – feel that she could gain some momentum having won some matches here.