WTA Eastbourne 2021: Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina Preview, Head to Head and Predictions for Viking International

Jelena Ostapenko will lock horns against Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the semi-final of the Viking International at Eastbourne on Friday.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina
Jelena Ostapenko and Elena Rybakina

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko will be up against Elena Rybakina in the semi-final of the Viking International at Eastbourne. Ostapenko is ranked 43rd in the world whil Rybakina is the world no.21.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina : Match Details

TournamentWTA Eastbourne International 2021
MatchJelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina
RoundSemi-Final
Date25th June, 2021
Prize Money$32,400
VenueEastbourne, Great Britain
SurfaceGrass Court

Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina: Preview

Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko

Jelena Ostapenko has been in decent form since the last two weeks. She made it to the Round of 16 of the Birmingham classic and has beaten some big names this week in Eastbourne. She got the better of French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the opening round and then beat Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur in the second round. She has dropped only one set this week, in the quarterfinal against in form Daria Kasatkina. She won in three sets 1-6,7-5,6-2 to make it to the last 4.

As for her opponent, Elena Rybakina, she continues her good form. She had reached the quarterfinal of the French open and then made it to the Round of 16 at Berlin before losing to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets. In Eastbourne, she upset second seed Elina Svitolina in the Round of 16 in straight sets before winning a marathon quarterfinal encounter against Anastasija Sevastova 2-6,7-6(7),7-6(5).

Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina: Head-to-Head

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina

This will be the second meeting between the duo. Ostapenko leads the H2H 1-0. They last met at Linz in 2019 where Ostapenko won in straight sets.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Rybakina: Prediction

Jelena Ostapenko
Jelena Ostapenko

On paper, Rybakina will go in as the favorite given her higher ranking but Ostapenko’s recent form levels things up. The Latvian is serving amazing and will be aided the Rybakina’s fitness after a marathon match. Both players have similar baseline style of play and whover defends well will have an edge. Expect the match to go all the way and Ostapenko cruising into the final.

Prediction: Ostapenko to win in three sets.

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