Jelena Ostapenko vs. Victoria Azarenka, Roland Garros R1 Prediction

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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.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during practice at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

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.

Prediction Victoria Azarenka to defeat Jelena Ostapenko in 2 sets
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