In the opening round at the WTA Birmingham Classic 2021, World No. 43 and the 5th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko will be up against World No. 90 Tereza Martincova.
Jelena Ostapenko vs Tereza Martincova : Match Details
|Tournament||WTA Birmingham Classic 2021|
|Match||Jelena Ostapenko vs Tereza Martincova|
|Date||17th June, 2021|
Jelena Ostapenko vs Tereza Martincova : Preview
Jelena Ostapenko starts her Grass campaign with an easy 6-4, 6-1 victory in the opening round of the Birmingham Classic 2021 where she chases her first title. She had previously reached the quarter-finals on both of her previous tournament appearances in 2016 and 2019.
Jelena who is the former 2017 French Open champion was defeated in the first round at the 2021 French Open and will be looking to make a good comeback to prepare for the upcoming 2021 Wimbledon where her best result so far has been her 2018 Wimbledon‘s semi-final run before losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber.
Tereza Martincova wins in her main draw debut at the Birmingham Classic as she defeats Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4. Tereza comes into the main draw from the qualifying rounds where she had an early wrap to her 1st round as her opponent retired mid-match. She later won the 2nd qualifying round in straight-sets to enter the main draw, where she has now qualified for the 2nd round.
Prior to the Birmingham Classic 2021, Tereza made her Grass debut for the season at the WTA Nottingham Open 2021 where she made it till the quarter-finals before being defeated in the straight-sets.
Jelena Ostapenko vs Tereza Martincova : Head to Head
This will be the first career meeting between the duo, hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Jelena Ostapenko vs Tereza Martincova : Prediction
Tereza will come into the match with a career Grass record of 16-16 and season record of 22-14. However, over the last 2 seasons, Tereza has improved on Grass as she is 10-4 just for the last 2 seasons, getting over her poor start on the surface.
Jelena has better numbers as compared to Tereza on the surface. She is 31-16 on Grass and is 14-10 for the season. Looking at their numbers and overall current form, Jelena looks the favourite to win the clash, but an upset might be on the cards as Tereza will be playing her 6th match on Grass as compared to Jelena’s 2nd and looks comfortable as well.
Prediction: Jelena Ostapenko to win in 3-sets.