Anett Kontaveit vs. Ons Jabeur
|Date & Time||Friday October 19, 2018, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Kremlin Cup.
Ons Jabeur is coming off a straight sets win over Sloane Stephens that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Jabeur won 71 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Jabeur won 66 percent of her total service points and produced four breaks on six break points. Jabeur won four of the final five points of the match and didn’t look like a player ranked outside of the top-100 at all. Jabeur now has three career wins over top-10 players, two that have come this year. Jabeur has now won 10 of her last 12 matches when you include qualifying, so she’s no longer a pushover higher ranked players can overlook, as we just saw when she faced one of the best players in the world. Jabeur has won each of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 67 percent of her first serve points and 70 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 65 percent of her total service points and produced four breaks on nine break points. Kontaveit played a very clean match in which she got 62 percent of her first serves in play and dominated a second set tiebreak. Kontaveit has now won eight of her last 10 matches and is a threat to win this tournament if she continues to play like she did in her last match. Kontaveit is a completely different player when she’s getting 60-plus percent of he first serves in play. Kontaveit has won three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in challenger play in 2014, a match Kontaveit won i straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
Jabeur can’t be slept on given the fact she’s won 10 of her last 12 matches and just beat a top-10 player in an hour. Jabeur has to have the attention of the rest of the field now. With that said, I’m still backing Kontaveit to win this match, as she’s played much cleaner tennis against better competition and has been very tough to beat when she’s getting her first serve in play. Again, 60 percent of her first serves in play or higher, and Kontaveit has a great chance to win this tournament.
I’m backing Kontaveit.