Former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki will seek to delay her retirement from tennis when she plays Tunisia’s World No.78 Ons Jabeur in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open on Friday, January 24. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Caroline Wozniacki v Ons Jabeur live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Caroline Wozniacki v Ons Jabeur Head to Head
These two players have played each other once before and it was the experienced Dane who win in straight sets in a second round meeting in Indian Wells in 2015.
Wonziacki Lives To Play Another Day
Caroline Wozniacki had announced last month that this year’s Australian Open, where she won her first and thus far only Grand Slam title in 2018, will be the culmination of her tennis career. But on the back off two significant victories in the first two rounds, it seems she is not quite ready for this to end, at least for now.
The Dane had briefly entertained the idea of retiring on a whimper after trailing the No.23 seed from Ukraine Dayana Yastremska 1-5 in the first set of their second round encounter. However, Wozniacki, as she has done throughout her glorious career battled back and extended her stay in Melbourne, prevailing 7-5 7-5.
That victory epitomized Wozniacki’s career. Her incredible mental strength of fighting through adversity, the never-say-die attitude that took her to World No.1 at the age of just 20. For now, the 29-year-old might be holding for a potential fourth round match against Serena Williams for a fitting swan-song, but maybe her Tunisian opponent on Friday could have a telling contribution.
Can Jabeur Send Wozniacki To Retirement?
Ons Jabeur has knocked out two former top-10 players to equal her best appearance at a Grand Slam. She has now reached the third round in three of the four majors, with only Wimbledon missing from that list.
Jabeur has made the main draw of the Australian Open three times before this year, but she had never won match until her surprise straight sets victory over Great Britain’s Johanna Konta on Tuesday.
The Tunisian is an inspiration not just in her country but across the Arab world, where she has established herself as the most successful female player in those territories. When she beat Dominika Cibulkova – who was ranked at No.7 – at the 2017 French Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam.
Jabeur replicated that feat at last year’s US Open, and now at the Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki v Ons Jabeur Predictions & Tips
Wozniacki may be destined to meet Williams in a fitting fourth round match, but that is a match too far and the Dane should be firmly focused on subduing the tenacious Tunisian Jabeur. Granted that Jabeur has beaten two former top-10 players, but none of them were in great shape or form which is why Wozniacki will a different proposition for her.
Tip: Wozniacki to win in straight sets: 11/10 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)