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Osaka vs Rogers US Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Naomi Osaka has never beaten Shelby Rogers – but there’s no better time to do so than in the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Osaka vs Rogers is live from New York on Tuesday 8 September, 7pm local/12am BST

Naomi Osaka is back into the quarterfinals for the first time since claiming the US Open title in 2018 and not looking too eager to depart this tournament, judging by her performance against Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round.

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The world no. 9 is up against powerful American Shelby Rogers, who has justified her red-hot pre-tournament form with a run to the quarterfinals, saving four match points against Petra Kvitova. Rogers has won all three previous meetings with Osaka.

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Osaka vs Rogers: Head-to-head

Shelby Rogers leads the head-to-head with Naomi Osaka 3-0, although they have only played once at WTA Tour level – on the green clay of Charleston in 2017. Their two previous meetings were in 2013 and 2015, before Osaka broke into the top 200.

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As well as she played to reach the final of the Western & Southern Open the week before the US Open began, the left hamstring injury which Osaka incurred in the closing stages of her semifinal match against Elise Mertens and which caused her to pull out of the final she was due to play against Victoria Azarenka looked as if it might doom her campaign.

Four matches later, however, and those expectations must be revised. Osaka weathered tough three-set clashes with Misaki Doi and Marta Kostyuk to reach the last 16, before improving to 5-0 vs Anett Kontaveit, the in-form Estonian who had pushed Osaka all the way to 5-7 in the third in ‘Cincinnati’.

Osaka delivered a brilliant serving performance against Kontaveit – no slouch herself in that department – as she lost just nine points behind first and second serve combined throughout the match. She didn’t face a single break point herself, while creating ten opportunities on Kontaveit’s serve, converting three.

Osaka also, ominously, said that her leg was feeling better, which is not good news for quarterfinal opponent Rogers.

Shelby Rogers lost over a year of her career to injury (PA Images)

‘Resurgence’ has been the keynote for some of the most notable players in the women’s draw so far this fortnight – Victoria Azarenka, Tsvetana Pironkova – and it’s what it’s all about for Rogers, too. The American was a quarterfinalist at the French Open in 2016, but lost almost an entire season in 2018 to a knee injury and didn’t return until April 2019, when she was unranked.

Rogers’ charge back up the rankings has been accomplished at breakneck speed, but although she was having good results at the start of the year – qualifying for the Australian Open and winning the $100k in Midland – they didn’t really catch the eye. But beating Serena Williams in Lexington did, and at the US Open she beat 11th seed Elena Rybakina among others and didn’t drop a set until she came up against Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova had lost to Rogers in their only previous meeting at the French Open in 2016, but that one was relatively tame compared to the thrills and swings of this US Open clash, which a lot of people missed because Novak Djokovic was being defaulted on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Rogers played some extraordinary tennis to weather four match points and beat Kvitova 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(6).

Rogers is not an easy opponent here. But I do think she’s one that Osaka can beat, despite that head-to-head. Unlike Kvitova’s flat strokes, Osaka hits a heavy ball, like Rogers herself, and it puts a different complexion on things. The fourth seed shouldn’t miss as much as Kvitova did, and her ability to use short angles to open the court should be effective. Rogers and Kontaveit play somewhat similarly, and that will help to make it a comfortable match-up for Osaka.

Osaka vs Rogers: Prediction

Petra Kvitova will have to find a way to stop the impressive run of powerful Shelby Rogers if the Czech is to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Kvitova vs Rogers is live from New York on Sunday 6 September, 3pm local/8pm BST

The US Open has always been Petra Kvitova’s least successful major – it’s the only one at which she has yet to reach the semifinals – but she has reached the quarterfinals twice in the past five years and is looking to reach the last eight for the third time on Sunday.

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Kvitova stopped the red-hot Jessica Pegula in the third round in straight sets, but she will have to find a way to halt the progress of another in-form American as she takes on Shelby Rogers.

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Kvitova vs Rogers: Head-to-head

The head-to-head between Petra Kvitova and Shelby Rogers makes slightly bizarre reading: They have only played once, at the French Open in 2016, when Rogers won by the bipolar scoreline of 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-0.

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Given that Petra Kvitova lost her only match played since February to Marie Bouzkova at the Western & Southern Open, expectations were not particularly high for the Czech, who has never really had the success on American hard courts that she has enjoyed on grass, clay or even Australian hard courts, where Kvitova made her first Grand Slam final for five years in 2019.

Kvitova did make the quarterfinals in New York twice, in 2015 and 2017, and she looks to have played herself into some form with the help of the draw: She beat Irina-Camelia Begu, more challenging on clay, 6-3, 6-2, and weathered a scrappy clash with Kateryna Kozlova, saving a set point to 7-6(3), 6-2. The real test, however, came in the third round against Pegula, who made the ‘Cincinnati’ quarterfinals with a series of impressive wins and has been recording better and better results over the past 18 months. A big serving performance from Kvitova was once again crucial as she saved five of the seven break points she faced; she failed to serve out the first set, but broke for it immediately afterwards, and recovered the break she gave up at the beginning of the second set shortly afterwards before getting her crucial break to lead 5-3, making no mistakes when it came to serving out the match.

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A strong serving performance will be absolutely crucial for Kvitova against Rogers. The American was ranked world no. 108 when she made her surprise run to the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2016, beating Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova on the way, but thanks to injury she missed the best part of 16 months on tour in 2018-19, returning unranked in April 2019.

Shelby Rogers is a former French Open quarterfinalist (PA Images)

Rogers is already back in the top 100, thanks to the semifinal run she made at the Top Seed Open in Lexington a few weeks ago where she beat Serena Williams to make the final four. Beaten in qualifying for ‘Cincinnati’, Rogers has been looking great at the US Open, yet to drop a set in wins over Irina Khromachaeva, 11th seed Elena Rybakina and Madison Brengle.

Those are some tricky and varied opponents, and Rogers has been dealing with them in style, only twice losing more than two games in a set.
Rogers, who once trounced Simona Halep 3-6, 1-6 in the first round of the Australian Open, is a very dangerous player, a big server with big groundstrokes who can render any opponent’s game irrelevant on her day. While the scoreline of their previous meeting was extremely odd – Kvitova was feeling ‘weird’, she said herself, and was clearly very low-energy on the day – it does show that Rogers is quite capable of knocking Kvitova back on her heels, and Kvitova does not win from that position.

As with most contests between first-strike power players like this, it’s going to come down to serve and return: Who can get more cheap points on their first serve, who can rock the other player back on their heels with a big return. I don’t think Kvitova’s really playing her best tennis yet – Rogers just looks that much sharper with a lot more recent matches, and I think the American will pull off the upset.

Kvitova vs Rogers: Prediction

After a sizzling win over sister Venus, Serena Williams looks to impose her authority on wildcard compatriot Rogers in the Top Seed Open quarterfinals.

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Serena vs Rogers is live from Lexington on Friday 14 August at 12.30pm local/5.30pm BST

Serena Williams had to produce some of her very best tennis – and sustain that level for two hours and 21 minutes – to beat elder sister Venus in what had to be one of the highest-quality contests of their long, storied rivalry, booking her place in the Top Seed Open quarterfinals as a result.

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Can Williams avoid a let-down in intensity, and weather the physical demands, of facing wildcard Shelby Rogers and overcoming her for a place in the Lexington semifinals on Friday?

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Williams vs Rogers: Head-to-head

This will be the first meeting between Serena Williams and Shelby Rogers.

Shelby Rogers (Credit Image: © Lev Radin/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

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After two rounds in Lexington, the first tournament to be played on US soil since early March, just two seeds are left standing: Eighth seed Ons Jabeur, who faces Coco Gauff today, and top seed Serena Williams.

Back-to-back victories haven’t come without a fight for Williams in her first tournament since a Fed Cup tie on home soil in early February. She had to come back from a set down against lefty Bernarda Pera, sharp from playing World Team Tennis, in the first round. But that was nothing compared to the challenge mounted by elder sister Venus in the second.

The 31st match between the legendary sisters was contested in strange surroundings: A solo court, no fans, but that only added to the intensity. Despite having turned 40 during the shutdown, Venus had returned to competition with a new and improved serve and some of the best tennis she’s played in years. Serena lifted her level immensely from the first round, but it still wasn’t enough to keep from losing the first set despite leading by an early break and having three break points for a double break.

Ultimately, Venus’s new service motion proved slightly too iffy – 11 double faults for six aces – while Serena delivered 14 aces and six double faults, finding some of her best and biggest serves of the entire day as she closed out the match after having finally broken through with a backhand winner down the line.

Williams said afterwards that she felt like she needed to win that tight set because she had been losing a lot of them, and it did have the feeling of catharsis. The interesting thing will be to see how she bounces back from that match both physically and mentally.

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Some sort of letdown in intensity is to be expected. Is Shelby Rogers the opponent to take advantage? I’m not sure. Rogers is certainly a much better player than her current ranking of world no. 116; the wildcard was a top-50 player in 2017, a year after reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open (her game works beautifully on clay), but was only able to play two matches in 2018 due to injury and has been rebuilding since returning in April 2019.

The rebuilding has gone well – from being unranked on her return, Rogers began 2020 up to world no. 174 and is already not far off returning to the top 100 after successfully qualifying for the Australian Open (she actually bagelled eventual champion Garbine Muguruza in the first set) and winning the Midland $100k in February. In Lexington, she’s had good wins over erratic lefty Misaki Doi and rising Canadian teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez to reach her first WTA Tour quarterfinal since May 2017.

Rogers is a big server, a big hitter off the ground, not a great mover. As such, she’s a fairly straightforward match up for Williams. Rogers might conceivably catch fire and hit every line for a set, but she wouldn’t be able to sustain it, not if Serena plays 70% as well as she did against Venus. A straight-sets win for Williams looks like the likeliest outcome.

Serena vs Rogers: Prediction

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