In the second round of the Ostrava Open 2021, World No. 12 and the 4th seeded Maria Sakkari will be up against World No. 29 Jelena Ostapenko.
Maria Sakkari vs Jelena Ostapenko: Match Details
- Tournament: Ostrava Open 2021
- Match: Maria Sakkari vs Jelena Ostapenko
- Round: 2nd Round
- Date: Sep 23, 2021
- Prize money: $8,200
- Venue: Ostrava, Czech Republic
- Surface: Outdoor Hard court
Maria Sakkari vs Jelena Ostapenko: Preview
After a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals of the 2021 US Open to eventual champion Emma Raducanu, Maria Sakkari returns to action in the 2nd round of the Ostrava Open after having received a bye in the first-round. While Maria is yet to reach a final at any tournament this season, she has been highly consistent which has her ranked World No. 12, her highest career ranking.
Jelena Ostapenko looks to redeem her season as she blasts Anna Blinkova in the first round winning the match 6-4, 6-0. After a loss in the finals of the 2021 Cleveland Open, Jelena will be looking to repeat the feat this time in Ostrava but not only reach the finals but go a step ahead and win the title this time.
Maria Sakkari vs Jelena Ostapenko: Head to Head
This will be the third meeting between the duo and the first since 2019. While Ostapenko won the first encounter in 3-sets in 2017, Maria levelled terms in their next meeting in the 1st round of the 2019 Australian Open which has levelled the head-to-head tie 1-1.
Maria Sakkari vs Jelena Ostapenko: Prediction
Jelena will come into the tie with a career Hardcourt record of 82-77 and an 8-8 surface record for the season. Her overall surface record currently stands at 28-16. Maria will take the court with a career Hardcourt record of 163-112 and a season record of 21-10 on the surface having gone 31-15 this season across all surfaces.
While both the players come from a tough defeat, it can be an exciting counter between the two. However, looking at the overall form this season and consistency, Maria seems the favourite to advance into the quarter-finals.
Prediction: Maria Sakkari to win in 3-sets.
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