Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 champion and ranked 43rd in the world, will play Paula Badosa of Spain, currently world ranked 87t in the third round of the French Open, on Saturday, October 3 and could begin at around 12.00 pm local time (11.00 am BST or 6 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Jelena Ostapenko v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko v Paula Badosa Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first match between the 23-year-old Latvian, and the Spaniard, who is one year younger.
Ostapenko Sends out Second Seed
Ostapenko has reached this stage after dumping the number two seed, Karolina Pliskova out of the tournament, with an out of sorts display from the Czech player, littered with mistakes, and 25 unforced errors.
The Latvian took full advantage of her opponent’s frailties, hitting 27 winners as opposed to 9, and, in the end, won with ease.
The first set was scrappy with the first five games going against serve. Ostapenko was the first player to hold serve, and then, having edged in front, broke Pliskova again to wrap-up the first set in 38 minutes.
The writing seemed on the wall for the Czech player when she lost her serve again at the start of the second set, and with Ostapenko tightening up her own game, her hopes began to recede. She did have a break point in the fourth game, but Ostapenko saved it and then went on to break the Pliskova serve yet again,
The Latvian had earlier this month said she is looking to beat some of the top players in the world, and get back to the top five of the world and by the looks of things, Ostapenko is looking to make it count. Can she show a little more consistency though?
Stephens Win Should Help Badosa
Badosa has now gone further in a Grand Slam tournament than ever before – the 2015 girls’ singles winner in Paris had never even won a match in qualifying at Roland Garros before.
And she managed it with one of the best wins of her career to date, beating the 25th seed and 2018 finalist, Sloane Stephens of the USA.
Stephens lost her serve in the very first game of the match, and then again, before taking one of those breaks back. However, her serve was under constant pressure, and she had to save three break points in her next service game.
She did so, but Badosa then served out for the set.
Again, Stephens surrendered her serve in the first game of the second set, but, with the finishing line in sight, it was the Spaniard’s turn to falter. She dropped her serve, and then once more, allowing the American to level.
However, the unforced errors from Stephens continued to mount up – she made 27 in the end – and the American immediately handed the advantage back to the Spaniard by dropping her first two service games of the third set.
This time Badosa did not squander her opportunity, and she went on to serve out the match with no further alarms.
Ostapenko v Badosa Prediction and Tip
Whilst both have produced giant-killing acts to get this far, Ostapenko has been here before, and knows what it is like not only to go deep into the tournament in Paris, but actually to win it. That extra experience should give her the edge over the Spaniard.
Tip: Ostapenko to win: 2/5 (bet365)