Timea Babos (@1.86) vs Jelena Ostapenko (@1.95)
18-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Timea Babos will win

Timea Babos – Jelena Ostapenko Match Prediction | 18-09-2019 01:00

The Hungarian sank out of the Top 100 this February for the first time in five years, but a positive North American hard-court swing that included a semifinal at the Vancouver ITF W100 event and a second-round showing as a qualifier at the US Open spearheaded a return to her usual habitat last week. Having once again navigated through the preliminary rounds here, Babos demonstrated greater consistency and security behind her serve to hold off World No.74 Ostapenko, who sinks to a 15-23 record in WTA main draws this year.

Yet Ostapenko was unable to take advantage of four break points, and the World No.92 would ultimately seal the set with a dropshot. Having grabbed the crucial break in the second game, Babos had conceded only one point behind her delivery to this point - but, serving for it, found herself 0-40 down thanks to a sudden flurry of errors. The final game of the first set was a case in point.

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In the second set, the double faults that have plagued Ostapenko in 2019 would rear their heads at inopportune times: a seventh conceded a first break in the fifth game. As they had all match, the biggest points fell in Babos's favor: the 26-year-old fired a stunning backhand pass followed by a clean backhand return winner to take victory on her third match point. Serving to stay in the match, a wildly oscillating game saw the former Roland Garros champion deliver blazing winners and two more double faults to take her total to nine, while Babos struck out with aggressive returns of her own.

BetClanTimea Babos vs Jelena Ostapenko - Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

Unfortunately for Ostapenko, we have not seen much of her best tennis in 2018, will the Miami Open be the tournament she can turn her fortunes around? Despite making a reasonably poor start to the 2018 season, Ostapenko has risen to a career high ranking of number 5 in the world in the most recent rankings. An intriguing second round clash from the Miami Open sees the 6th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on big-hitting Hungarian: Timea Babos.

Elsewhere, fellow qualifier Ana Bogdan also sprung an upset, defeating No.6 seed Polona Hercog 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; but 18-year-old phenomenon Anastasia Potapova came from a break down in the first set to move past wildcard Han Na-Lae 7-6(4), 6-1, while qualifier Priscilla Hon - who reached her only previous WTA quarterfinal here in Seoul two years ago - ended Hiroshima semifinalist Mihaela Buzarnescu's mini-revival 6-3, 6-4. In the second round, Babos will bid for her first WTA quarterfinal since reaching the Monterrey final in April 2018 against either No.3 seed Karolina Muchova or Alison Van Uytvanck.

Ostapenko was unable to gain any momentum as she was defeated by Petra Martic in the next round. Ostapenko has amassed a very disappointing 4-7 win-loss record in 2018. It is important for Ostapenko to start finding better form before she starts to head to some big tournaments where she has a heap of points to defend. Jelena Ostapenko advanced to the second round courtesy of a bye. Ostapenko has not beaten a top 50 player in 2018, her best victory came in her opening round match in Indian Wells, a 3 set victory over Belinda Bencic.

Babos won her third career title (all Internationals) last month by claiming the Taiwan Open, defeating Kozlova in the final (7-5 6-1). It was her revenge win over Barthel since the German prevented the Hungarian from defending the home Budapest title in February. At the Indian Wells, Babos would have arranged a meeting with Ostapenko, if she had defeated Bencic in the first round (instead she lost 1-6 6-1 7-6). Timea Babos defeated Mona Barthel in a close straight set encounter, 7-6 6-3, to register her first Miami win since 2016.

12 Prediction: Jelena Ostapenko will win in full event at odds 2.08

Jelena Ostapenko, among the Top 10 players, has won the least amount of matches so far in this season (7). She did, however, reached the third round of the Australian Open, earlier in 2018. She debuted at the tournament in 2016 (qualifying) and made her main draw debut in 2017. She is yet to win two matches in a row at any WTA tournament. However, on both occasions, she could not snatch a win (lost to two Americans, Vickery, and Brengle, respectively). Ostapenkos record at Miami is minuscule. However, despite her poor form, Ostapenko notched up a new career high ranking of #5 after reaching the third round at the Indian Wells, defeating Belinda Bencic.

By contrast, Babos was both clutch and clean, keeping her own power in check with a mere seven unforced errors while going unbroken over the contest thanks in part to nine aces. Frequently, too, the 22-year-old's shotmaking would draw gasps with its crowd-pleasing boldness - but Ostapenko's radar would go too far awry on big points for this to translate on the scoreboard.