Jelena Ostapenko vs. Petra Martic
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
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Latvian tennis player, Jelena Ostapenko has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic. At this stage of the tournament, Ostapenko will play against Petra Martic from Croatia.
Jelena Ostapenko won a big match in the previous round as she defeated Johanna Konta. It was an impressive performance by Ostapenko as she impressed with her serving. During the victory, Jelena Ostapenko won 67% of her service points which allowed her to win 90% of her service games. The win also was also aided by Ostapenko’s receiving as she won 3 return games. Defeating Johanna Konta was a big feat since the Brit was in outstanding form and was playing on home soil.
Even with that win, Jelena Ostapenka has had a very poor season as she has won less than 50% of her matches in 2019. Grass is one of Ostapenko’s stronger surfaces and she has won 67% of her matches on this surface. Ostapenko made the semifinals at Wimbledon last season which shows that the Latvian is hard to defeat when playing on grass courts.
On the other side of the coin, Petra Martic won her previous match in straight sets. It was a good performance by Martic as she won 82% of her service games and 3 return games. Heading into this match, Martic has been in good form since she recently won the Istanbul Open. Petra Martic also made the quarterfinals at the French Open and Madrid Masters. That being said, this will not be an easy match for Petra Martic since her opponent will be high on confidence following her win.
Jelena Ostapenko and Petra Martic have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at Indian Wells where Petra Martic won in straight sets.
This is not an easy match to predict since Martic is in good form while Ostapenko just managed to defeat a top player in Konta. That being said, I am going to pick Jelena Ostapenko to win this match. Ostapenko has a very good record on grass and she has proven that with strong performances at Wimbledon. Beating Johanna Konta should have given Jelena Ostapenko confidence and I see her being good enough to defeat Petra Martic in this match.