World number 25 Ons Jabeur faces Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, April 29. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Yaroslava Shvedova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Yaroslava Shvedova Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Jabeur and Shvedova, who is currently ranked 725th in the world.
Jabeur 8-2 on Clay after Charleston Shenanigans
Following on from a solid previous season, Jabeur has managed to make solid improvements to her game this year too. That has been evident by the manner in which she has played on clay.
Coming into this tournament on the back of back to back appearances in tournaments played in Charleston, Jabeur has won eight of the 10 matches she’s played on clay which includes a finals appearance. That was her second such appearance and first on clay.
That she lost to Astra Sharma in the final shouldn’t take away from the fact Jabeur did well to get there in the first place, having also made it as far as the semifinal round in the previous week. There she had also beaten Martina Trevisan, Alize Cornet and Cori Gauff to get herself a chance in the last four.
With that much confidence under her belt and an opponent who hasn’t won a main draw match in nearly two years, Jabeur should fancy her chances here.
Shvedova Hoping for Better Results
Since returning to tennis in 2020 following an extended break, Shvedova is yet to get going. She played in one match last season, having got herself a wild-card at the WTA Doha and lost that match in straight sets.
This year, Shvedova went on a three-match losing streak in opening rounds of competitions, then won a qualifying encounter at Doha only to lose the second round qualifier and three more of the first rounds she played.
The last of those opening round defeats came at the hands of Misaki Doi in Charleston, her first clay court match since 2017. And now in the second she will take on a player starting off with raging form going her way.
It does look like Shvedova will have to wait for a while before registering that elusive main draw victory.
Jabeur v Shvedova Prediction and Tip
There isn’t too much doubt about the Jabeur win here, with the Tunisian starting out at 1/25 to win it. Shvedova might put up a fight though but would that be enough to get going?
Tip: Games Handicap Shvedova +7.5: 8/11 (bet365)