re: Osaka SF: Osaka def Mertens 6-4 6-1
Not really convinced by Osaka’s form still. Mertens couldn’t return her first serve so the match up is really quite difficult for her.
But this match shows once again what a huge gulf there is between Mertens and the top players, especially the big servers. I actually do like her ball striking but she is always on the back foot. Considering her height & how high risk her ground strokes are, she really lacks fire power. At least her defensive slice helps conceal her lack of athleticism. I really think she has maximised her potential unless she makes some technical/physical changes.