Eighth seed Anett Kontaveit will take on the unseeded Ekaterina Alexandrova for a place in the second round of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open 2020. This will be their first-ever meeting on the WTA Tour.
- Fixture: Anett Kontaveit vs. Ekaterina Alexandrova
- Date: 19 October 2020
- Event: J&T Banka Ostrava Open
- Venue: Ostrava, Czech Republic
- Surface: Hardcourt
Anett Kontaveit vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Match Preview
The world No. 22, Estonian Anett Kontaveit is coming into this match being seeded eighth for the tournament. She has had a mixed 2020 season, with a win-loss record of 23-10.
She had a forgettable clay season but has had a calendar in the hardcourts, even securing a quarterfinals spot at the Australian Open and exiting in the fourth round at the US Open. Her overall performance on hardcourts this year has been decent, with a 14-7 win-loss record. She performs well against relatively lower-ranked players and will be coming into this fixture feeling confident.
Meanwhile, her opponent, world No. 33 Ekaterina Alexandrova had a great start to the season, even winning the title at the Shenzhen Open. However, the Russian’s form has dipped drastically, with her best performance since then coming at the French Open – a third-round appearance. She had a great record at the hardcourts in the 2019 season though, with a staggering 20-4 win-loss record. So, she could very well pull off an upset here.
Anett Kontaveit vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Head-to-Head
The two players have never faced each other on the WTA Tour before so this will be their first meeting. The head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Anett Kontaveit vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Match Prediction
Being a seeded player, Kontaveit is the odds-on favorite to win this match. Alexandrova could provide some resistance but it will take something special from her to come up with a victory against the talented Kontaveit.
Match Prediction: Anett Kontaveit to win in straight sets against Ekaterina Alexandrova.