Tunisian and Madrid Open winner Ons Jabeur will take on Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the 2022 WTA Rome Open on Monday, May 9. Get the live streaming options of this Ons Jabeur v Sorana Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ons Jabeur v Sorana Cirstea Head to Head
Rather interestingly, Cirstea leads Jabeur 2-0 in their head to head but both these matches had come long ago, in 2013 and 2014. Eight years on, things look very different.
Jabeur Fresh from Madrid Win
After a slightly slow start to the season, Jabeur seems to have made clay her own surface. Of the three competitions she has participated in on it, Jabeur has made it to the final at two of them and won one title.
That tournament win came in Madrid last week where Jabeur sent some of the top players packing to claim her second career victory.
Wins over Belinda Bencic, who had earlier defeated her in the final at Charleston, Simona Halep, Ekaterina Alexandrova and then Jessica Pegula in the final would have given her the kind of confidence that will make her believe for her chances come the French Open.
Especially given how she came back from a shocking slump in the second set in the Madrid final where she was bagelled by Pegula, before pulling it across her opponent 6-2 in the third.
She has a tricky opponent in front of her here but Jabeur has already shown what she can do against such players.
Cirstea Hoping to Avoid Three Losses in a Row
Cirstea had made a good start to her clay court campaign for the season when she reached the semifinal in Istanbul but at the first sign of resistance, the Romanian number two seemed to have caved in.
She went down to Veronika Kudermetova in the semifinals in Istanbul, losing 6-3, 6-3 before suffering a shock loss to Nuria Parrizas Diaz at the Madrid Open opener last week. Cirstea had gone into that latter encounter as a 1/3 favourite but managed to win just six games in the entire encounter.
And it’s this very inconsistency that has been a bother for Cirstea all season.
She would probably feel she has done reasonably well at Lyon where she made the semifinal and the Australian Open where the Romanian entered round four but there have been other lacklustre results too. Opening defeats at Adelaide and Miami being the notable ones.
Can she now overcome an in-form Jabeur with a third defeat in a row staring back at her face?
Jabeur v Cirstea Prediction and Tip
While Cirstea leads 2-0 on head to head, it’s Jabeur’s turn to pull one back and we expect her to do that easily. The only thing to think about is if she has had enough turnaround time to land a killer blow since winning the Madrid Open final.