Before their match in San Jose, Cori Gauff praises Naomi Osaka in the highest regard.

When Cori Gauff defeated Anhelina Kalinina in the opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, she was happy with how the American hard court swing was going. Tuesday’s match saw local favorite Gauff defeat Kalinina 6-1 6-0 after securing a total of five breaks.

Gauff praised the current match, according to Tennis365. “I was happy to learn that I would be playing the night game. I enjoy late-night sessions. This group was quite animated. Even though it’s a little stadium, the sound is very powerful, therefore I liked it.

According to Gauff, Naomi Osaka will be the next opponent.

Gauff remarked, “I played her a lot, and she’s certainly going to be a strong opponent. “I believe that the match will be fantastic, win or lose.

I suppose they are the people you want to play because she is such a champion both on and off the court, and I am looking forward to those matches. Gauff and Osaka will face off against one another in the San Jose round of 16 for the fourth time in their respective careers.

They will be playing on a hard court for the fourth time. When the two players faced off in the US Open in 2019, Osaka defeated Gauff, then 15 years old, in straight sets. After defeating Osaka at the Australian Open the following year, Gauff secured her first triumph over the Japanese player.

Gauff and Osaka first faced off against one another in the previous season. Osaka defeated Gauff in three sets in a WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati to move to 2-1 all-time versus the American. Osaka is competing in her first tournament in two months, but hard has always been her best surface, so it won’t take her long to improve on it. It is uncertain whether Gauff can defeat Osaka and even their head-to-head record at two victories each.