TC Plus Match of the Day: Naomi Osaka vs. Hsieh Su-wei, Cincinnati

TC Plus Match of the Day: Naomi Osaka vs. Hsieh Su-wei, Cincinnati

For the fourth time this year, the WTA No. 1 will face off against an opponent that has provided plenty of challenges in the past.

For the fourth time this year, world No. 1 Naomi Osaka will face off against perhaps the trickiest opponent in the women’s game, Hsieh Su-wei.

If this meeting is anything like their Australian Open or Miami Open clashes, tennis fans are in for a treat. In Melbourne, Osaka rallied from the brink of defeat after trailing, 7-5, 4-2, 40-love. The fearless Osaka then caught fire and went on to win the tournament for her second successive major title. In Miami, Hsieh flipped the script and recovered from a break down in the second and third sets, defeating Osaka, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. 

Osaka is 2-1 against Hsieh this season, though the two have split their hard-court meetings. (Getty Images)

The reason their encounters are so entertaining lies in Hsieh’s uncanny ability to handle pace. She absorbs power better than almost anyone on tour. Osaka has struggled since her coaching split with Sascha Bajin, going 6-4 in her past 10 matches. Hsieh will try to capitalize by hitting angles few are capable of executing, while Osaka, a quarterfinalist last week in Toronto, will hope to continue making positive strides after hitting the reset button following an opening-round exit at Wimbledon.

This match will be Osaka’s to win or lose, as most are. If she can control her emotions, Osaka is capable of powering her way to victory, as she did against Hsieh in a 6-4, 6-3 win on clay at Stuttgart. This time, look for the second seed to advance in an exciting, three-set thriller.