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Naomi Osaka vs Caroline Garcia Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Osaka’s Tough Draw Continues

  • Naomi Osaka vs Caroline Garcia preview and predictions for Wednesday’s Australian Open match.
  • The match is being played at Melbourne Park at 8am GMT.
  • Osaka now on 15-match winning streak
  • I predict Osaka to narrowly prevent Garcia from claiming 18th top-10 win
  • Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
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Naomi Osaka dropped just three games in the first round of the Australian Open (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Hannah Wilks 09 Feb 2021
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Naomi Osaka vs Caroline Garcia Predictions


Champion at the Australian Open in 2019, Osaka is seeded third this year but does not have an easy draw.

After facing three-time quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Osaka must contend with Caroline Garcia, a former world no. 4. Fortunately for Osaka, she often plays her best against top players.

  • Osaka has won three of her last 4 matches in straight sets
  • Against Pavlyuchenkova, Osaka won 81% of her first-serve points
  • Garcia is 17-41 against top-10 players
  • The French player served eight aces in a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Polona Hercog

Head to Head


This will be the first match between Naomi Osaka and Caroline Garcia.

Naomi Osaka Stats


Nationality: Japan
Age: 23 (6 October 1997)
Height: 5’11” (1.80m)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 3
Career High: 1 (January 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 6
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 3 (2 US Open, 1 Australian Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2019)

Naomi Osaka Form


Osaka dropped out of her scheduled semifinal against Elise Mertens at last week’s Gippsland Trophy, citing a ‘niggling injury’ she needed to manage.

But there was no sign of any physical impediment as Osaka recorded a crushing win over Pavlyuchenkova on Monday.

Facing a tough opponent who had made three Australian Open quarterfinals, Osaka dominated. She hit 18 winners for just 11 unforced errors and was devastatingly effective behind her first serve. 

It took her just 68 minutes to beat the Russian and extend her winning streak to 15 matches.

Caroline Garcia Stats


Nationality: France
Age: 27 (16 October 1993)
Height: 5’10” (177cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 43
Career High: 4 (September 2018)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 7
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R16 (2018)

Caroline Garcia Form


France’s Garcia may have only made one Grand Slam quarterfinal in her career, at the 2017 French Open. But now that her ranking has slid to world no. 43 she is the definition of a dangerous floater.

Garcia upset top seed Karolina Pliskova at the US Open and two in-form seeds, Anett Kontaveit and Elise Mertens, at the French Open in 2020. She often plays her best when she is perceived to be the underdog with less pressure on her shoulders.

A powerful player with a big serve and forehand, Garcia’s game will work well on the fast hard courts in Melbourne this year. She served eight aces and won over 60% of points behind first and second serve against Polona Hercog in the first round.

Live Stream


Naomi Osaka and Caroline Garcia meet in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday 10 January (8am GMT scheduled start).

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Verdict

Osaka faces another very tough challenge but Garcia’s game should be a comfortable match-up for her. In a straightforward contest of big serves and big forehands, Osaka should prevail.

Games Handicap: Garcia +6.5 Games Match Handicap @-151.52 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Total Games: Over 18.5 Games Total Games @-120.48 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
Correct Score: Naomi Osaka Win 2-1 Set Betting @375.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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