Ons Jabeur of Tunisia will face Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia in the first round of the 2021 Kremlin Cup on Monday, October 18. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Ekaterina Alexandrova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Ekaterina Alexandrova Head to Head
Jabeur and Alexandrova have been involved in as many as six career head-to-head battles, with the latter holding a commanding 5-1 lead over the former. Their last meeting came in the quarter-finals at Budapest in 201, with Alexandrova coming through in straight sets.
Jabeur Hopes To Continue Purple Patch in Kremlin Cup Opener
A series of strong performances on Tour, most notably a runner-up finish at the Chicago Fall Classic followed by a run to the semifinal at the Indian Wells Masters, has come as a glowing affirmation of the giant strides that Jabeur has made in the women’s game.
The extended purple patch has seen her vault to No.14 in singles rankings and another decent run at Kremlin Cup could see her inch ever closer to breaking into the Top-10.
Taking the confidence from her sensational run in Chicago into the Indian Wells Masters, Jabeur fought past Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in her tournament opener before two lopsided wins over American Danielle Collins and Russian Anna Kalinskaya saw the Tunisian set up a quarters date with in-form Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
Barring a tricky second set which went to a tiebreak, Jabeur had little trouble going past the Estonian and lining up a mouthwatering last-four showdown with rising Spanish starlet Paula Badosa.
Barring moments in her semifinal outing against the Spaniard where she showed flashes of brilliance, Jabeur was largely undone by Badosa. The eventual score-line of 6-3, 6-3, perhaps, wasn’t a fair reflection of the Tunisian’s level of play going into the last-four clash, but showed the extent of dominance that the Spaniard had over her on the day.
While the Tunisian will have her sights firmly set on a second career title in Russia, she will open her campaign against an opponent who has a runaway lead over in head-to-head score.
While Ekaterina Alexandrova will also profit from home comfort and the home crowd apart from going with a healthy lead in head-to-head battles with the Tunisian, Jabeur’s recent outings will fill her with the belief needed to score a payback win.
Alexandrova Sets Turnaround Hopes on Jabeur Scalp
Currently ranked 34th in singles, Alexandrova hasn’t had the run of results going her way at recent events. A second-round defeat at the US Open to unheralded fellow countrywoman Kamilla Rakhimova was followed by another modest round-2 finish at the Luxembourg Open.
The Russian did start strongly at her next event, the Ostrava Open, but an injury put paid to her hopes of progressing further in the tournament.
A resounding victory over lightweight German Julia Lohoff did get her dreaming of a maiden title win but a niggle in her next against compatriot Anastasia Potapova forced to pull out of the tournament.
The Kremlin Cup does present the Russian with an opportunity to rise from the disappointment at Ostrava and make a winning start to the tournament.
While she would have fancied a fresh duel with Ons Jabeur before a capacity crowd at home even a season back, the recent run of wins does make the Tunisian a far more formidable opponent than the one who trails 1-5 in head-to-head clashes with the Russian.
Jabeur v Alexandrova Prediction and Tip
While her current ranking tips the scales slightly in Jabeur’s favor going into this round-1 battle, Alexandrova holds a dazzling head-to-head record over the Tunisian and the roaring home fans would help her push for another career win over a familiar rival.