In the second round at the WTA Birmingham Classic 2021, World No. 24 and the 2nd-seeded Ons Jabeur will be up against World No. 66 Leylah Fernandez.
Ons Jabeur vs Leylah Fernandez : Match Details
|Tournament||WTA Birmingham Classic 2021|
|Match||Ons Jabeur vs Leylah Fernandez|
|Date||17th June, 2021|
Ons Jabeur vs Leylah Fernandez : Preview
Ons Jabeur registers a win in her debut at the Birmingham Classic as she wins 6-4, 6-2 in just over an hour against American Caty McNally in the first round to advance for the 2nd round.
Jabeur comes to Birmingham from a 4th round to defeat American teen-sensation Coco Gauff at the 2021 French Open, ending a good Clay season for the Tunisian.
Leylah Fernandez who is making her career Grass debut at the Birmingham Classic 2021 wins her debut clash on the surface. The 18-year old Canadian turned Pro in 2019 but didn’t play on Grass until now and has made a winning start at her first Grass tournament.
Leylah defeated Yafan Wang 7-5, 6-3 in just under the 1.5 hour mark to qualify for the 2nd round where she will meet tour veteran Jabeur.
Ons Jabeur vs Leylah Fernandez : Head to Head
This will be the 2nd meeting between the two players who previously met in the 1st round of the 2020 Cincinnati Open where Leylah entered the main-draw from the qualifying rounds. Leylah dished a bagel in the first set against Ons, but the Tunisian fought back stronger to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 which sees her lead the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Ons Jabeur vs Leylah Fernandez : Prediction
Leylah will enter the match with a season record of 14-10 and will be looking for another victory as she has nothing to lose coming in as the challenger against the veteran. Leylah was sensational on the Hardcourts which saw her win her first WTA title at the 2021 Monterrey Open in Mexico.
Ons Jabeur will come into the match with a career Grass record of 43-16 and season record of 24-10. She has been winning majority of her Grass matches in all her seasons since 2012 and will be the favourite against the Canadian teenager.
Prediction: Ons Jabeur to win in straight-sets.