Ons Jabeur vs. Donna Vekic
|Date & Time||Monday October 1, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Donna Vekic and Ons Jabeur meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis China Open.
Donna Vekic is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sakkari that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Vekic won 67 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. Vekic won 57 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her nine break points. Vekic was lights out with her return, as she won 60 percent of her points and ended up winning seven of the first eight games of the match. It was one of the better recent performances we’ve seen from Vekic, but she has to be more consistent with her serve to advance any further in this tournament. Vekic has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for the fourth time in her last seven tries. Vekic has split her last six matches on hard court.
Ons Jabeur is coming off a straight sets win over Simona Halep that took seven games to decide. In the victory, Jabeur won 69 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Jabeur cruised in her first round victory, as Halep was forced to retire after the first set. While her opponent clearly wasn’t at her best, Jabeur did win 76 percent of her return points and saved four of her five break points. Jabeur has now won four of her last five matches when you include qualifying and should be well rested after her first match lasted just over a half hour. As long as Jabeur can continue to have great success with her return, she gives herself a chance for an even deeper run. Jabeur now has two career wins over top-10 players in the world. Jabeur has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Austria in 2014, a match Jabeur won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
Vekic has been the more consistent player this season and is coming off an impressive victory in her own right. You have to question if Jabeur would have had the same success against Halep if she wasn’t dealing with a back injury. Vekic has been more aggressive with her return and should be able to take advantage of the questionable second serve of Jabeur.
I’ll take Vekic to advance.