Miami Open, ????? SF Prediction
?? (5) Jelena Ostapenko vs. ?? (Q) Danielle Collins
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I’m going to side with Ostapenko here. The end of Danielle’s run in Miami is long overdue and Ostapenko enters this clash full of confidence and momentum after a pair a straight set victories over top 10 opponents. Something has got to give, unlike all of the previous opponents Collins has faced this week Ostapenko will totally dictate play and not give the American the opportunity to get comfortable.
Often we see a player win the biggest match of their career and then struggle in the next match. Collins certainly played the match of her life against Venus Williams, but just 24 hours later she will need to replicate that performance against an in-form Jelena Ostapenko, a very tough task for Collins.
I suspect the heavy night conditions will favour Ostapenko in this match. Ostapenko’s extreme firepower means the conditions are not troublesome for her and she an still execute her game whilst for Collins if anything drops short Ostapenko will be all over it.
Ostapenko is a big game player, there is no doubting that given her record at the biggest events over the last 12 months. What is also clear is that once Ostapenko gets on a roll she is hard to stop.
Given the above factors, It seems like Ostapenko has the edge.