World No. 49 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia will take on Ajla Tomljanovic the 80th-ranked in the world, in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Wednesday, May 12. Get the live streaming options of this Jelena Ostapenko v Ajla Tomljanovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Jelena Ostapenko v Ajla Tomljanovic Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before.
Ostapenko Breezes Past Konta
Ostapenko was a quarter-finalist in Rome in 2018, a year after she pulled off a major surprise by winning the French Open as a teenager.
She has not been in that sort of form for several years, but she was given a confidence booster by drawing against Johanna Konta in the first round, a player who has won just three matches in the whole of 2021 so far.
The tone was set early, Konta losing her serve in the opening game of the match.
Ostapenko broke her once more before Konta broke back and the rain began to fall.
However, the break did the British player no good at all, as serving to stay in the set, she dropped her serve for a third time.
Ostapenko then broke Konta once more early in the second set after a marathon game during which she forced four break points, finally converting the fourth.
The Konta serve was dropped once more and, although the world number 188 recovered one of the breaks, her reprieve was temporary. Ostapenko broke her once more and serve out to love.
Australian Qualifier Tomljanovic Enjoying Herself in Rome
Tomljanovic had to come through two rounds of qualifying just to reach the main draw in Rome, beating first Teresa Martincova of the Czech Republic and then Laura Siegemund of Germany, both in three sets.
Her reward was a first round match with Marketa Vondrousova, who two years ago was a surprise French Open finalist.
It was the Czech who was the first to put pressure on her opponent’s serve, forcing three break points which she could not convert. And that proved to be costly, as Tomljanovic broke her in the next game.
The Australian went through the rest of the first set with no undue alarms.
And, when she broke Vondrousova in the opening game of the second set, she was in total control of the match.
Even when the rain fell ad she was forced to retire to the locker room, she did not lose focus, and broke the Czech once more on their return to the court.
From there it was a simple job to serve out for the match.
Ostapenko v Tomljanovic Prediction and Tip
Ostapenko is not known for her consistency on court but, if she can play close to her potential, she should have too much for the Australian qualifier.