Fifteenth seed Ons Jabeur will face qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko in the Round of 32 of the WTA Abu Dhabi Open on Friday, January 8, with the match timings yet to be decided. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Kateryna Bondarenko match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Kateryna Bondarenko Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the World No. 31 Jabeur and the 285th-ranked Bondarenko.
Jabeur Powers Past Pavlyuchenkova
Ons Jabeur began her Abu Dhabi campaign in style as she defeated Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyucheknova 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in an up-and-down first-round contest on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Tunisian, who became the first Arab woman in history to reach the quarterfinal of a major when she reached the last eight of the Australian Open last year, saved two set points in the first set against her Russian opponent on Wednesday before coming back to win the set in the tiebreak.
The Tunisian, who is still looking for her maiden title on the WTA Tour, took a 5-3 lead in the second set but fell 0-40 behind while serving for the match in the ninth game. However, she quickly regained composure and bounced back to save all the break points and close out the match without any further hiccups.
Jabeur, who played in five quarterfinals last year, hit 31 winners compared to Pavlyuchenkova’s six in the one-hour-and-33-minute contest.
Up next for the Tunisian is Ukraine’s Bondarenko, who won her third match in as many days on Thursday.
Bondarenko Sees off Wang
Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko needed two hours and 21 minutes to defeat China’s Yafan Wang 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the first round on Thursday.
This was the third victory of the year for the 34-year-old Ukrainian who qualified for the main draw after beating Panna Udvary of Hungary in a tough three-setter on Tuesday and Greece’s Valenini Grammatikopoulou in straight sets on Wednesday.
The 2008 Australian Open doubles champion, Bondarenko is a two-time singles winner on the tour. She will be hoping to keep the momentum going against Jabeur, but having played two draining matches in three days, it will definitely be a test for the 34-year-old’s fitness.
Jabeur v Bondarenko Prediction and Tip
Jabeur looked in good touch in the first round, following on from what was a solid 2020 despite the obvious issues with the pandemic. She should ease into the last 16 with a straight sets win.
Tip: Jabeur to win in straight sets: 4/11 (bet365)