Ons Jabeur vs Veronika Kudermetova
August 5, 2022 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Veronika Kudermetova / Ons Jabeur
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Ons Jabeur and Veronika Kudermetova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2022 tennis Silicon Valley Classic.
Ons Jabeur is coming off a straight set win over Madison Keys that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Jabeur won 67 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Jabeur won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on 6 of her 9 break points. Jabeur got 56 percent of her first serves in play and was broken twice. Jabeur has now won 12 of her last 13 matches and has a chance to eventually be crowned the top player in the world if she can stay in this form to close out the year. Jabeur has split her last 10 matches on hard court.
Veronika Kudermetova is coming off a straight set win over Claire Liu that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Kudermetova won 73 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Kudermetova won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on 4 of her 9 break points. Kudermetova got 66 percent of her first serves in play and saved 6 of her 7 break points. Kudermetova has now won at least 2 matches in each of her last 4 tournaments. Kudermetova has 9 career wins over top-10 players, with 3 of those wins coming this year. Kudermetova has won 7 of her last 9 matches on hard court.
Kudermetova has won both meetings against Jabeur in straight sets. Both matches took place in 2019, with the most recent match coming in Moscow.
Kudermetova is having a hell of a year, and she’s proven this year especially she can hang with the best players in the world. Kudermetova also will confidence, knowing she’s beaten Jabeur twice. With all that said, Jabeur is on another level right now and is a far and away better player than she was 3 years ago. With wins in 12 of her last 13 tries, I’m just not eager to step in front of Jabeur right now.
Give me Jabeur to make the semis.