Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur will take on Danielle Collins of USA in a potentially pulsating fourth round of the French Open on Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Danielle Collins match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Danielle Collins Head to Head
The 35th-ranked Jabeur and Collins, who is 57th in the world, have never met each other in a competitive match before this.
Jabeur Stunner for Sabalenka
Jabeur had gone into her third round match against the six-time WTA winner Aryna Sabalenka as the second favourite with odds of 6/4 for her win. The match, however, did not pan out in the manner of the offered odds.
Especially not the first set.
Right from the get go, Jabeur took on the Sabalenka groundstrokes with aplomb, and soon had a break of serve in the fifth game. Not to be outdone, Sabalenka broke back in the eighth only for the two players to exchange breaks of serves and take it to the tie-breaker.
Sabalenka was within a point of five set-points in it but then lost five points in a row to face a set-point herself. Two more set-points followed for Jabeur who finally clinched it off the third.
There was a brief resurrection from Sabalenka in the second set when she got the better of the Jabeur serve on two occasions but then in the third Jabeur broke her opponent’s serve early. The remainder of the set was fought tooth and nail but with neither player able to get past the other’s serve and that meant Jabeur served it out in the ninth game, wiping out a break-point and winning the match in three.
Jabeur had earlier gotten past Zarina Diyas and Nao Hibino and will now face American Collins for her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Collins Casts Spell on Muguruza
Before the start of this tournament, Collins hadn’t played a single match on clay on tour. In fact she had played just two matches after the pandemic break, both on hard court surfaces spread across two tournaments and lost both.
Collins was also coming into the post-pandemic break season having been expelled from the World TeamTennis for breaching the bubble rules, having earlier criticised Novak Djokovic for his views on the US Open bubble. She had later denied knowing the rules.
With all of this happening on and off the court, and with Collins having never gotten beyond the second round at the French Open, Italian Open and Madrid Open, the third main clay court tournaments on the women’s circuit, it was tough to imagine her make it through to the fourth round of Roland-Garros this year.
More so because she faced the former winner and in-form Garbine Muguruza in her round three match.
And even so because she was a point away from going down 4-0 in the final set.
Collins is a fighter though and she showed that in large doses in that final set, and while Muguruza’s game did fall away towards the end of the match, due credit to the American to come back from the near dead and make the round four.
Jabeur brings a fresh challenge for Collins but one that she wouldn’t be shying away from.
Jabeur v Collins Prediction and Tip
Jabeur is 8/11 to win but by my estimates this will be a closer match to call than that. A three-set win for Jabeur looks likely, but for a slightly less risky call, can look at the match result and total games market.
Tip: Jabeur to win AND over 21.5 games in the match: 12/5 (bet365)