Thirteenth seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia will take on Italy’s Sara Errani in the first round of the Gippsland Trophy in Melbourne on Sunday, January 31, with the match likely to begin at around 2:30 pm local time (8:30 am Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Jelena Ostapenko v Sara Errani match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko v Sara Errani Head to Head
This will be a second meeting between the two. Errani won their only contest at the U.S. Open in 2015, rallying from a set down to win the Round of 64 match.
Ostapenko Looking to Make Deeper Run
World No. 45 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia will play her first Tour match of the 2021 season against Italy’s Sara Errani on Sunday.
The 2017 French Open champion, who had a 9-8 singles record last year, will be hoping for better results this year and will look to start well in Melbourne.
The 23-year-old, who became the first Latvian to win a major four years ago, has three career titles and reached a career-high ranking of five in 2018.
Ever since her successful 2017 campaign, Ostapenko has struggled with injury and form, producing inconsistent results. She reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2018 but was knocked out of the first round at Roland Garros only a year after becoming the first unseeded player since 1933 to win the Paris major.
Her struggles continued through greater part of 2019 until she struck form at the back end of the season, reaching two back-to-back finals. She finished runner-up to Cori Gauff in Linz but defeated Julia Goerges in straight sets to claim the title in Luxembourg.
In 2020, Ostapenko reached just one quarterfinal, falling to Japan’s Nao Hibino in Strasbourg. Other than that there wasn’t much to show as the Latvian failed to make deeper runs in tournaments.
Errani Shows Nerves of Steel to Qualify for Australian Open
Facing Ostapenko in the first round will be another former World No. 5, Sara Errani. Currently ranked 131st in the world, Errani was the runner-up at French Open in 2012 and featured in the semifinal of the U.S. Open the same year.
She comes to Melbourne on back of three hard-fought wins at the Australian Open qualifiers. The 33-year-old survived a scare against Taiwan’s Liang en-shuo in in the first round as she battled to a three set win.
Next, she had to come from a set down to stave off Spain’s Geogina Garcia Perez in the second round, before having to dig deep once again in the final round of qualifiers, when she rebounded from a set down to oust Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and book a ticket to Melbourne.
A nine-time champion on the tour, the Italian had a 17-13 overall win-loss record in 2020.
Ostapenko v Errani Prediction and Tip
Expecting this to be a good contest. The Italian seems to have hit form in January and could upset the 13th seed Latvian, or at least make it very tough for her.
Tip: Sara Errani to win a set – Yes: 8/11 (bet365)