Jelena Ostapenko vs. Victoria Azarenka
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 28, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
The Line: Azarenka -293 / Ostapenko +257 -- Over/Under:
Jelena Ostapenko and Victoria Azarenka meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Jelena Ostapenko enters this tournament in completely horrible form where she’s lost 11 of her last 15 matches and was just forced to retire in Rome due to dizziness. In her last completed match in Madrid, Ostapenko won just 50 percent of her total service points and had three double faults. Needless to say, Ostapenko is far from the same player who made the semifinals of the Wimbledon last year, and that’s honestly the last time she’s looked good or confident on the court. At only 21 years old, Ostapenko has lots of time to figure it out, but it’s hard to be positive on her outlook moving forward at the moment. Ostapenko has lost in the first round of a grand slam twice since 2017. Ostapenko has lost five of her last six matches on clay court.
Victoria Azarenka is playing easily her best tennis since her return from pregnancy with wins in seven of her last 10 matches, and she looks for her first French Open victory since 2015. Azarenka still has a ways to go with her serve and can still clean up the unforced errors here and there, but her return has been on point and she’s been able to will herself to victory against some quality competition. With each set under her belt, we’re seeing more and more flashes of Azarenka return to the player she was a few years ago. Azarenka has lost in the first round of a grand slam three times in her last six tries. Azarenka has won six of her last nine matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Many have pegged this as one of the top matches of the first round, and it is when you consider the names. However, that’s it. Azarenka is playing well and gaining confidence, while Ostapenko hasn’t looked good in nearly a calendar year and continues this tailspin that is showing no end in sight. These players are heading in opposite directions and deciding a winner shouldn’t be that difficult.
Azarenka wins her first French Open match since 2015.