World number 30 and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur will feature in the fourth round of the Miami Open 2021 as she takes on Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo on Monday, March 29. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Sara Sorribes Tormo match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Sara Sorribes Tormo Head to Head
Inclusive of the ITF circuit and WTA competition qualifiers there have been five previous matches between Jabeur and Sorribes Tormo and the Tunisian leads 4-1.
Three of those matches came on clay and jabeur leads 2-1, while their only hard court surface match was at the Shenzhen Open 2017 qualifiers where she crushed her opponent 6-0, 6-3.
Jabeur Sends Kenin Packing
Sofia Kenin will take time to get back to her full match fitness following her fitness issues in Australia but take nothing away from the manner in which Jabeur dismantled her opponent, a player who had beaten her at the 2020 Australian Open en route her title.
Jabeur, who had earlier needed three gruelling sets to overcome Paula Badosa in the second round, required another three-setter to end Kenin’s journey at the Miami Open. She won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, despite being a break down in the final set.
The first set looked to be heading towards the tie-breaker when neither player came close to breaking the other’s serve, but at 4-4, Jabeur suddenly found a way to get past Kenin. She broke the American to love and then served it out without dropping a point as well to grab the set.
An early exchange of breaks in the second set took them to 5-4 on serve as well when a rare, longish 10th game ended with Kenin breaking Jabeur to pocket the equaliser.
Kenin then took a 3-1 lead in the third, but Jabeur broke back to love, and then made it two breaks to serve for the match at 5-4. The American forced a 30-30 on Jabeur’s serve but the Tunisian managed to win the next two points to complete the win.
Jabeur will now looking to make it to her third quarterfinal at a WTA 1000 event, having previously done it at the 2020 WTA Dubai and Cincinnati Open.
Sorribes Tormo Makes it a Hat-Trick of Three-Setters
The world number 58 Sorribes Tormo had never made it past the second round at any WTA 1000 events before this but she has now done two better. After registering a three-set win over Bernarda Pera and then shocking Jennifer Brady in the second round in another three-setter, Sorribes Tormo had already gotten past that hurdle.
And then in her third round match against Elena Rybakina, Sorribes Tormo made it three in three, as she defeated her much higher-ranked opponent 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to storm in the round of 16.
The first set was all one-way traffic there, with the Spaniard breaking Rybakina thrice to clinch the set, and it looked like she was going to run away with the match when she took a 2-0 lead in the second. The world number 23 responded with three breaks of her own to level the match, but with Rybakina struggling to find her first serves in at clutch moments, the Spaniard made her pay with four breaks of serves in the final set.
With a maiden WTA title win recently under her belt, Sorribes Tormo enters this match with a lot of confidence, especially after wins over Brady and Rybakina and would believe she can get past Jabeur too.
Jabeur v Tormo Prediction and Tip
While Jabeur is 4/6 to win this one, we will be backing Sorribes Tormo sneak past her opponent, given her recent in-form track record.
Tip: Sorribes Tormo to win: 6/5 (bet365)