???? Roland Garros, R1 Prediction
?? Jelena Ostapenko vs. ?? Victoria Azarenka
It’s always a tough match-up when two former Grand Slam champions collide at the opening round stage of a Grand Slam, that is the case here with Ostapenko and Azarenka set to collide in a blockbuster first round battle. Whilst both are former Grand Slam champions, the pair have been in highly contrasting form of late. Ostapenko continues to disappoint whilst Azarenka is steadily rising.
I think Azarenka will be too solid for Ostapenko here. Azarenka has been playing good tennis over the last couple of months and it has generally taken a top quality performance to defeat the Belarusian. I highly doubt Ostapenko is capable of producing such a performance given her recent form. Azarenka is the type of consistent counter-puncher that Ostapenko really struggles against. Azarenka will have little trouble absorbing and redirecting the power of Ostapenko and is likely to be a troublesome match-up for the Latvian in their first career meeting.
Azarenka has grown a reputation for forcing errors from opponents and that bodes will in this match-up given Ostapenko’s tendency to over-hit. Azarenka still possesses one of the best returns of serve on tour and that also spells trouble for the Latvian given Ostapenko’s terribly vulnerable serve.