Fixture: Ons Jabeur vs Jelena Ostapenko
Date: 22 October 2020
Tournament: J & T Banka Ostrava Open 2020
Round: Second round (Round of 16)
Venue: Ostrava, Czech Republic
Category: WTA Premier
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: $528,500
Match timing: 12 pm CEST, 3.30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - ESPN / Tennis Channel
Ons Jabeur vs Jelena Ostapenko preview
After reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros 2020, Ons Jabeur has continued her fine form in Ostrava. The Tunisian star recorded a straight-sets victory over local favorite Barbora Strycova in the first round on Tuesday.
Jabeur seemed almost flawless in every aspect of her game against Strycova. She dropped just four games and won 65% of her second serve points, while breaking her opponent's serve five times in the contest.
The 26-year-old had a decent hardcourt season in the United States, where she made it to the quarterfinals of the Top Seed Open and the Western & Southern Open. Jabeur followed that up with a third-round finish at the US Open.
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko meanwhile has impressed many with her performances against higher-ranked players of late. She skipped the hardcourt events in the United States, which helped her put together a decent clay swing.
The 23-year-old has continued from where she left off, downing fifth seed Petra Martic in the first round of the Ostrava Open. The Riga-born player broke her opponent's serve five times and had a magnificent 78% win rate on the first serve.
Ons Jabeur vs Jelena Ostapenko head-to-head
Jelena Ostapenko leads Ons Jabeur 1-0 in the head-to-head record. The two players had crossed paths in 2015 at the ITF level tournament in Sobota/Rokietnica, where Ostapenko beat Jabeur in straight sets.
Ons Jabeur vs Jelena Ostapenko prediction
Ons Jabeur starts as the favorite in this encounter given her opponent's rather volatile playing style. The World No. 32 has an attacking, multi-faceted game that works particularly well on the quick indoor hardcourts.
Jelena Ostapenko can dictate the rallies with her strong groundstrokes, but she is prone to making a few too many unforced errors when put under pressure. The steadier Jabeur would fancy her chances of taking advantage if the Latvian suffers any lapse in concentration.
Prediction: Ons Jabeur to win in three sets.Published 22 Oct 2020, 01:22 IST