Second seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia will face American qualifier Catherine McNally in the first round of the 2021 Birmingham Open on Tuesday, June 15. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Catherine McNally match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Catherine McNally Head to Head
Jabeur won their only matchup in Lexington in 2020, winning the Round of 32 clash in straight sets.
Jabeur Looking to Make a Mark on Grass
Yet to make a mark on grass, Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur begins her 2021 grass court season in Birmingham on Tuesday.
The World No. 24 comes into the tournament on the back of solid performances in 2021, which saw her reach the fourth round of the French Open for the second consecutive year and also reach her second WTA final, but a maiden title remains elusive.
Jabeur, who became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament when she made it to the last eight at the Australian Open last year, is 23-10 this season.
Some of her significant performances this year included a run to the semifinals of the Volvo Car Open, where she defeated Cori Gauff in the quarterfinals but fell to Danka Kovinic in the final four stage; she also reached a second career final by defeating Kovinic in the WTA 250 in Charleston, but was denied a maiden title by Australia’s Astra Sharma.
In 2018, Jabeur had reached the final of the Kremlin Cup, but lost to Daria Kasatkina in three.
At the French Open this year, the Tunisian defeated Yulia Putintseva, Sharma and Magda Linette to reach the Round of 16 but was stopped from advancing further by Cori Gauff.
On grass, Jabeur hasn’t had much of an impact, in fact she has played very little on the surface. One of her most significant achievements was a run to the semifinals in Eastbourne in 2019, which included wins over Johanna Konta in the third round and Alize Cornet in the quarterfinals, but she had to withdraw from the tournament before her semifinal against Angelique Kerber. She has also reached the second round at Wimbledon only once from three appearances.
McNally Qualifies After Nara Rout
Facing Jabeur in the first round will be 19-year-old American qualifier Catherine McNally, who qualified for the main draw with a 6-3, 6-0 rout of Japan’s Kurumi Nara in the second qualifying round on Sunday.
McNally didn’t have much trouble in the first qualifying round either, defeating Britain’s Tara Moore 6-2, 7-6.
Yet to break into the top 100, McNally currently ranked 111th in the world, is coming off a decent showing at the Nottingham Open, where she defeated India’s Ankita Raina in the first round and Japan’s Nao Hibino in the second, before falling to seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic in a close three-set Round of 16 contest.
McNally, who is 11-11 across levels this season, reached the quarterfinals in Guadalajara and the Round of 16 at the Volvo Car Open earlier this year.
A solid doubles player, the 19-year-old is 4-0 in doubles finals at the WTA level, and two of those titles came in 2021.
Jabeur v McNally Prediction and Tip
McNally has already played five matches on grass, and can test Jabeur, who will be playing her first on the surface in two years. Expect this contest to got the distance.