Jelena Ostapenko vs. Johanna Konta
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 9:30 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
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In the second round of the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic, Johanna Konta will play against Jelena Ostapenko.
Johanna Konta has been in outstanding touch over the past few months. Since the start of May, Konta has made the final of both the Morocco Open and Italian Open. In addition to that, Johanna Konta has also made the semifinals at Roland Garros. With such great form, Konta will hope that she can convert it into titles, especially now that she is playing on home soil.
In the previous round, Johanna Konta played against Anett Kontaveit whom she defeated in straight sets. During the victory, Johanna Konta returned serve very strongly. Konta won 45% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. Her returning was backed by her serving as Konta won 89% of her service games.
Johanna Konta has a solid record on grass as she has made the final of the Nottingham Open twice. Konta is yet to win a title on home soil but her recent record will make English fans optimistic about having a British champion.
Looking at her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko won her previous match in straight sets. It was a comfortable victory for Ostapenko as she won the opening set 6-0 before winning the second set 6-2. During the win, Jelena Ostapenko received serve exceptionally well. Ostapenko won 63% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. The serving was also solid from Ostapenko as she only lost 1 service game in the entire match.
In general, Jelena Ostapenko has struggled in 2019 as she has only won 30% of her matches. While a move to grass could boost Ostapenko, this will be a very tough match as she is playing one of the hottest players in the world.
Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta have played each other 3 times in the past. Konta has won twice while Ostapenko has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Rogers Cup where Johanna Konta won in 3 sets. Konta is 1-0 against Ostapenko on grass.
Jelena Ostapenko had an easy win in the previous round but I see her struggling against a tougher opponent in Konta. Jelena Ostapenko has had a tough season and she looks very low on confidence. Konta, on the other hand, has been in outstanding touch and has challenged for some of the top prizes in tennis. Konta has the advantage of playing on home soil and I see her being too strong for Jelena Ostapenko in this match.