Australian Open ?? R2 Prediction
?? (7) Jelena Ostapenko vs ?? Ying-Ying Duan
I think this will be a reasonably competitive match. There may be a huge gap in rankings between these two but Duan is a much more dangerous player than her ranking suggests. Ostapenko’s opening round match-up against Schiavone was not a threatening one. Duan is a threat. Ostapenko’s second serve is a huge problem at the moment, Duan has a powerful return of serve that will put a lot of pressure on the Latvian. I can see Duan making at least 1 set competitive and perhaps pushing this to a third set. However, I think Ostapenko will be too tough in the important moments. Ostapenko is far more comfortable on the big stage and enjoys the conditions in Melbourne.