Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. Jelena Ostapenko
|Date & Time||Monday September 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Jelena Ostapenko and Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Korea Open.
Jelena Ostapenko hasn’t played since making the third round of the US Open and enters this tournament losing four of her last six matches. Ostapenko simply hasn’t been the same player since making the semifinals of the Wimbledon, as she’s piling up the unforced errors and allowing her frustration to takeover matches. Ostapenko is one of the more feisty players on tour, but she has to learn how to manage her energy and not allow bad points to leak into the rest of her match. Still a top-10 player in the world, this is a chance for Ostapenko to get back on track and make a run in a tournament she should probably be favored to win. Ostapenko has lost three of her last five matches on hard court.
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino hasn’t been much better, as she’s lost seven of her last nine matches and each of her last 10 losses have been decided in straight sets. Arruabarrena-Vecino is coming off a match in which she had 31 unforced errors and won just 38 percent of her total service points. The struggles with the serve have been awful for Arruabarrena-Vecino in her losses, and the results aren’t going to change until she improves in that department. It’s almost impossible to win on this level when winning less than 50 percent of your first serves, which was the case for Arruabarrena-Vecino the last time we saw her take the court. Arruabarrena-Vecino has lost three of her last four matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2017 US Open, a match Ostapenko won in three sets. The match took 22 games to be decided.
Neither of these players are in good form, but it’s quite obvious to expect Ostapenko to turn things around sooner than later. There’s no reason why Ostapenko shouldn’t be the favorite to win this tournament, which has to give her some sort of confidence despite her struggles. Arruabarrena-Vecino has been awful with her serve and isn’t an option in this match because of it.
Ostapenko gets a feel good victory in straight sets.