Andrea Petkovic explains how it feels to play Naomi Osaka

Former world No. 9 Andrea Petkovic beat Clara Burel to clinch an Adelaide quarterfinal clash with Naomi Osaka. 

Petkovic met Osaka for the first time in 2014 as they are set to clash for the third time in their respective careers. 

Petkovic beat Osaka in Stanford in 2014 but the Japanese dominated the German 6-2 6-0 when they met in Beijing in 2019. 

“I remember playing her when she was 16 at 2014 Stanford. I remember that match so well because she was 16, a wildcard, beating Sam Stosur who was playing well at the time, and hitting her forehands as hard as is humanly possible. I had my way with her there. I was too solid at that time,” Petkovic told WTA Insider. 

“There are two matches in all of my career where I felt that even if I had played the best tennis that I was able to play, I probably would have lost. That was one time against Serena in Toronto when she was going for the Grand Slam and against Naomi in Beijing. I wasn’t playing my best, but I wasn’t playing badly either. I was just completely outplayed.”

Petkovic was ‘stunned’ by Osaka’s dominance 

Osaka lost a total of two games when she met Petkovic the last time. 

“She was just so dominating. When she’s on she’s just so dominant from all sides. So hopefully I can have a little more say in the match, where I can also construct some points and not just be overwhelmed by her power,” Petkovic continued.

“It’s like being in a swordfight, somebody is so fast that that the only thing you can do is defend. You don’t even have the time to think about attacking. That’s how it feels with Naomi.”

Osaka enters the match as the big favorite to beat Petkovic. 

It remains to be seen if Petkovic can cause a major upset and stun Osaka.