Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Prediction
(7) 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko vs 🇮🇹 Francesca Schiavone
On paper, Ostapenko should win this match comfortably. However, Ostapenko was quite wayward in her two opening round defeats to start the 2018 season and can potentially lose to most opponents if she is having an off day. The difference between Ostapenko’s best and worst tennis is very, very big, probably greater than any other player in the top 20. The result of this match will depend on which Ostapenko shows up.
I have to side with Ostapenko here. The young Latvian loves the big stage and will relish the opportunity to open proceedings on Rod Laver Arena for the 2018 event. Ostapenko has all the firepower to hit Schiavone off the court, the match will totally be on Ostapenko’s racquet. The quick hard courts in Melbourne certainly favour Ostapenko over Schiavone in this match-up. The Italian veteran has not played a tournament in 2018, a match against Ostapenko is not a good way to find ones rhythm in their first match of the year. All signs point to a commanding victory for Ostapenko.