30th-ranked Ons Jabeur will be up against Spain’s Paula Badosa in the second round of the 2021 Miami Open on Friday, March 26. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Paula Badosa Head to Head
Long ago, these two players had met in their only competitive encounter which came at the qualifiers of the 2015 US Open. Badosa had won that one in three sets.
Jabeur Breaks Into Top 30 in 2021
It was always on the cards after the kind of performances on display from Jabeur but she has finally become a top 30 player this season. This is despite Jabeur having failed to win more than two matches in a row in any of the tournaments this season but thanks to the consistency she has shown all year.
In the five tournaments Jabeur has played in 2021, she has reached at least the second round in all. In three of them, she has won two matches to make it to the next stage but hasn’t been able to go beyond.
This includes her run at the Australian Open where she made the third round only to be sent packing by the ultimate winner Naomi Osaka.
The Tunisian had a first round bye here, having earlier made it to the third round in Dubai where she defeated Katerina Siniakova and Elena Rybakina before falling to Jil Teichmann.
Jabeur now starts off with a relatively easy second round encounter which should give her a good chance of maintaining her record of having not lost her opener all season.
Badosa Benefits from Teichmann
We had put Jil Teichmann as an easy winner over Badosa in their opening round match in Miami but even before the Swiss player retired from the match because of an injury, it looked like anything but easy for her.
Badosa was down a break in the sixth game of the opening set against Teichmann, only to break back to love in the very next game. The pair then held serve till the 11th game, with Badosa forcing and missing two break-points before Teichmann was forced to retire from the encounter.
The Spaniard had earlier fallen in her opener at the St. Petersburg Open but not before she had made it past Harmony Tan, Stefanie Voegele and Kristina Mladenovic to enter the semifinal of the tournament in Lyon.
With wins over Anastasija Sevastova and Alize Cornet in Abu Dhabi in January, Badosa has proved to be a tricky opposition for most players and Jabeur can ill afford to take her lightly here.
Jabeur v Badosa Prediction and Tip
While Jabeur is a favourite and we will be backing her to win this one at 4/11, we also think it could get to be a close encounter and a games handicap is worth a look.
Tip: Games Handicap Badosa +4.5: 4/5 (bet365)