Laura Siegemund vs Jelena Jankovic, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open, ?? First Round Match Preview
(26) ?? Laura Siegemund vs ?? Jelena Jankovic

One of the toughest opening round matches on Monday at the Australian Open features the 26th seeded Laura Siegemund and former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic. Siegemund caused a big upset when she eliminated Jankovic from the second round at the Australian Open last year in their only previous meeting. The Serbian veteran will be desperate for revenge but Siegemund is never as easy opponent to beat.

Interestingly both Siegemund and Jankovic head into this first round clash on the back of consecutive losses to start the season. Siegemund was beaten by Shuai Zhang in three sets in the opening round in Brisbane before being smashed by Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets in her first match in Sydney, Admittedly, these were quite tough opening round matches for the German so it is hard to assess her form.

Whilst Jelena Jankovic was also dealt a couple of tough opening round matches to start the season and was unable to work her way through, Jankovic succumbed to Simona Halep in three sets in Shenzhen before suffering a disappointing straight set loss to Monica Niculescu in straight sets in Hobart. Jankovic’s Grand Slam results have dropped away over the last two years and as a result her ranking has dipped. Jankovic is a former semi-finalist in Melbourne but was unable to get past the second round of a Grand Slam in 2016.

As mentioned above, Siegemund won the only previous clash between the pair at the second round stage of the Australian Open last year. Siegemund claimed a gruelling 3-6 7-6 6-4 win on that occasion in what remains one of the biggest wins of her career. Monday’s match is a tough one to call, especially given both are lacking form after consecutive losses leading into the tournament. I suspect Jankovic will be strong enough to find a way through Siegemund on this occasion. Jankovic will know what to expect on this occasion and will draw on her experience to battle through this encounter in another close match between the pair. 

Prediction: Jelena Jankovic to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets


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