Ons Jabeur of Tunisia will take on in-form Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-final of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Thursday, October 14. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Anett Kontaveit match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Anett Kontaveit Head to Head
Jabeur and Kontaveit have been involved in three career, head-to-head meetings till date, with the former holding a slender 2-1 lead over the latter. They last met in the first round of this Cincinnati Masters, with Jabeur battling through to a win in three sets.
Jabeur Hoping to Go One Better
After the high of the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, reaching the final on the back of a dazzling run of wins before falling at the final hurdle against two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, Jabeur drew Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the opening at the Indian Wells Masters.
And, as was largely expected against a doughty opponent, the match went to three sets as the Latvian hit back to win the second set via a tiebreaker after going down tamely in the first.
However, the Tunisian, showing why she is rated among the top players in the contemporary women’s circuit, held her nerves after conceding the second set and raised her game in the decider to eventually prevail 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
The current World No.14 followed up her opening-round win with back-to-back clinical takedowns of American Danielle Collins and Russian Anna Kalinskaya to set up a quarter-final showdown with in-form Estonian Anett Kontaveit on Thursday.
While the Tunisian will take the statistical advantage of a 2-1 lead in career head-to-head battles against Kontaveit, the Estonian lifted her third career Tour title in her last-to-last event, the Ostrava Open, and has been in menacing form at the Indian Wells Masters so far.
Her last defeat to the Tunisian came as recently as the opening round of this year’s Cincinnati Masters and she would be itching for a payback in the last-eight showdown on Thursday.
Kontaveit On Unbeaten Streak after Chicago Setback
Kontaveit was at the receiving end of a strange quirk of fate as she went from lifting the championship title in Ostrava to making an injury-enforced exit at her next event, the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic.
Coming into the event in the hope of winning a second straight championship trophy and a fourth career title, the current World No.20 opened her campaign on a winning note against unheralded American Madison Brengle.
However, a niggle put paid to her hopes of progressing further in the tournament as she withdrew ahead of her second-round outing against Mai Hontama of Japan.
It was Kontaveit who profited from a walkover in her Indian Wells opener against Martina Trevisan as the Italian suffered an injury on the cusp of defeat and pulled out.
The Estonian followed up her walkover win with a scrappy, straight-set victory over 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and a typically brutal takedown of Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil to set up a quarter-final date with Jabeur.
Though she narrowly trails the Tunisian in career head-to-head count, Kontaveit, on current form, will fancy settling scores come Thursday.
Jabeur v Kontaveit Prediction and Tip
While Jabeur will take a slender, head-to-head advantage into this quarter-final clash, Kontaveit’s recent run of form took her to a third career title in Ostrava and will give her hope of going level with the Tunisian on that score.