Jelena Ostapenko vs Elena Vesnina, Dubai R2 Prediction

?? Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R2 Prediction
?? (4) Jelena Ostapenko vs ?? Elena Vesnina

This is an important match for both Ostapenko and Vesnina. Ostapenko and Vesnina have struggled to achieve the results they would have desired to start 2018. Both will see this second round clash in Dubai as a winnable match given the vulnerabilities each have shown of late.

I’m going to go for the upset here and side with Vesnina. Ostapenko is simply in awful form right now, so much so that I can’t side with her against a decent, experienced opponent such as Vesnina. Ostapenko was terrible last week in Doha where she suffered a convincing loss to Mihaela Buzarnescu in her opening match. I think Ostapenko receiving an opening round bye in these events is working against her because she is a player that needs to play a few matches to find her rhythm and is often very rusty in her first match at a tournament. Vesnina played well enough against Peng in the opening round to suggest she can take advantage of Ostapenko’s vulnerabilities. I don’t think this match-up will feature many long rallies and that suits Vesnina. The clear point of difference is that Vesnina has a much more reliable serve and a more reliable return of serve. Ostapenko’s best is clearly much better but I don’t think she can bring that level often enough right now.

Prediction: Elena Vesnina to defeat Jelena Ostapenko in 3 sets
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