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Luxembourg Open 2021: Jelena Ostapenko vs Alize Cornet preview, head-to-head and prediction

Day Six: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
Day Six: The Championships - Wimbledon 2021
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Match details

Fixture: (3) Jelena Ostapenko vs (8) Alize Cornet

Date: 17 September 2021

Tournament: Luxembourg Open 2021

Round: Quarterfinal

Venue: Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg

Category: WTA 250

Surface: Indoor hardcourt

Prize money: $235,238

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel & ESPN | UK - Amazon Prime Video

Jelena Ostapenko vs Alize Cornet preview

Jelena Ostapenko is aiming for her second title of the season after winning the 2021 Eastbourne Open.
Jelena Ostapenko is aiming for her second title of the season after winning the 2021 Eastbourne Open.

Defending champion and third seed Jelena Ostapenko will face eighth seed Alize Cornet in the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open on Friday.

Ostapenko advanced to the last eight with 6-2 4-6 6-1 win over Dutch qualifier Arianne Hartono in the previous round. The former Roland Garros champion won the first set comfortably, but some inspired tennis by Hartono, coupled with some mistakes from Ostapenko, saw the Latvian drop the second set.

But Ostapenko regrouped quickly, winning five straight games in the final set to seal the win and continue her title defense.

Alize Cornet in action at this year's Wimbledon.
Alize Cornet in action at this year's Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Alize Cornet has won both of her matches quite comfortably. The Frenchwoman defeated Anastasia Potapova in straight sets in her opener and followed it up with a straight-sets victory over Mandy Minella.

Cornet has recorded wins over Grand Slam champions Bianca Andreescu and Garbine Muguruza this season. She also made the final of the WTA 250 event in Chicago, where she lost to Elina Svitolina.

Aside from that, though, her results have been pretty dismal. Thus, she will be keen to turn her fortunes around in Luxembourg with a deep run.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Alize Cornet head-to-head

This will be the fourth meeting between Jelena Ostapenko and Alize Cornet, with the Frenchwoman leading the head-to-head 2-1. They've only played each other on hardcourt and Ostapenko's solitary win came two years ago when Cornet retired in the second set of their second-round clash at the Linz Open.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Alize Cornet prediction

Jelena Ostapenko will look to continue her title defence at the 2021 Luxembourg Open with a win over Alize Cornet.
Jelena Ostapenko will look to continue her title defence at the 2021 Luxembourg Open with a win over Alize Cornet.

As is often the case with Jelena Ostapenko, the match will rest on her racket. If she plays with controlled aggression and stays relatively consistent, there's not much Cornet can do to stop her.

The Latvian's serve is possibly the weakest part of her game so the plan for Cornet should be to stay aggressive on return and get on top of the rallies. However, it remains to be seen if she can do that consistently against a player as aggressive as Ostapenko.

Given her form this season, the defending champion should easily douse Cornet's challenge and advance to the semifinals.

Prediction: Jelena Ostapenko to win in three sets.


Edited by Arvind Sriram

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