In the opening round at the WTA Eastbourne 2021, World No. 19 and the 8th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be up against World No. 43 Jelena Ostapenko.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Jelena Ostapenko : Match Details
|Tournament||WTA Eastbourne International 2021|
|Match||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Jelena Ostapenko|
|Date||21st June, 2021|
|Venue||Eastbourne, Great Britain|
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Jelena Ostapenko : Preview
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be making her Grass debut for the season as she enters into the tournament as the 8th seed. She will play her first match since her 1st round defeat at the 2019 Wimbledon which was her only Grass match the entire season amd didn’t have much success in the previous Grass seasons as well.
She comes into the tournament from the 2021 French Open where she finished as the runner-up losing to Barbora Krejcikova in 3-sets. It was a great fortnight in Paris for the Russian who defeated some big names including Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka in her road to final.
Jelena Ostapenko will come from a 2nd round defeat at the 2021 Birmingham Classic where she made her season Grass debut. She won her debut match in straight-sets before losing to Tereza Martincova 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2 in the Round of 16 denying her a chance to feature in her 2nd quarter-final of the season.
She has had a moderately successful season with a 6-5 record on Hardcourts and 5-4 record on Clay as she moves towards the Grass season.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Jelena Ostapenko : Head to Head
This will be the 6th meeting between the duo and first meeting since their last meeting in 2019 Rogers Cup. Anastasia has won only 1 meeting between the duo while Jelena is the more successful one leading the head-to-head tie 4-1.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Jelena Ostapenko : Prediction
Anastasia had a poor Hardcourt season with a record of 4-6. Her 10-3 record on Clay revived her season as she moves in with a season record of 15-10 and a career Grass record of 26-28.
Jelena will come into the tie with a career Grass record of 31-17 and a season record of 14-11. While the numbers are somewhat identical, Jelena has been more consistent and will be the favourite coming into the tie.
Prediction: Jelena Ostapenko to win in 3-sets.