The 2019 Australian Open women’s final will be the first ever meeting between number four seed Naomi Osaka and the number eight seed Petra Kvitova. Not only is the Australian Open championship on the line but also the probability of the number one ranking in the world. This is also an historic matchup in that it’s the first time ever that two players who have never been ranked number one in the world will meet for the championship of a Grand Slam final. As for the loser a likely number two in the world ranking beckons.
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2019 Australian Open Women’s Final Osaka vs. Kvitova
Date and Time:Saturday, January, 26, 2019, 3 a.m. ET
Location:Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Australia
Tennis Betting Online Odds at Bookmaker.eu:Naomi Osaka +100, Petra Kvitova -120
2019 Australian Open TV Coverage: ESPN
Live Betting action figures to be quite fluid for this championship matchup. Naomi Osaka is still fresh in the minds of gamblers for her win last September in the US Open. She is also the higher seed at fourth and yet is the underdog to the eight seed Petra Kvitova. But Kvitova has been more dominant in the Australian Open so far.
Petra Kvitova Final Ace
This is not the first time that Petra Kvitova has been on the verge of a number one in the world ranking in Australia, ironically enough. With a win Kvitova will be the oldest player in women’s tennis to achieve a first time ever number one in the world ranking. Kvitova has never lost a Grand Slam final in her career. She is the Wimbledon champion from 2011 and 2014 which are her only two Grand Slam final appearances. Overall Kvitova is 26-7 in final matches with eight consecutive wins. Her last loss in a final was to Monica Niculescu at Luxembourg in 2016.
Naomi Osaka Tests History
History can also be made by Naomi Osaka as she has the opportunity to be the youngest first-time number one ranked women’s tennis player since Carolina Wozniacki in October of 2010. Osaka also has the opportunity for the distinction of being the first ever Asian number one player, male or female. Osaka won her only previous Grand Slam Final with her win over Williams at the 2018 US Open. Additionally, she is the youngest back to back Grand Slam finalist since the 20-year-old Ana Ivanovic made the Australian Open and Roland Garros Finals in 2008. Osaka can also become the youngest back to back Grand Slam winner since Serena Williams won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2002. The only players other than Williams to win consecutive Grand Slams have been Justine Henn with the 2003 US Open and the 2004 Australian open and Kim Clijsters with the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open.
More Firsts for Osaka
Naomi Osaka is the first woman in the Open Era to win her first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open and back it wp with a final appearance at the Australian Open. Additionally, she is the first maiden Grand Slam champion to also reach the final in her next major since Jennifer Capriati, who was victorious in the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2001. Osaka has had a tremendous climb from her ranking of number 72 at this time last year.
Petra Kvitova Also Climbs
One year ago, Petra Kvitova was ranked number 28 in the world and posted only one match win at last year’s Australian Open when she crashed and burned in a loss to Andrea Petkovic. So far, her path to the 2019 Australian Open final has been a breeze without a single defeat in a set and just 28 games en route.
Free Australian Open Live Betting Odds Pick
This one looks even which means the dog is likely live.
Tennis Betting Odds: Naomi Osaka
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