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Venus Williams v Jelena Ostapenko Betting Tips [22 June 2023]

Tennis - WTA Birmingham

22 June 2023 12:50

Jelena Ostapenko to win 2-0
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The match

Second seed Jelena Ostapenko will seek her first win over the wildcard Venus Williams on Thursday in the Birmingham Classic. The two will battle in the second round with the winner playing either eighth seed Sorana Cirstea or the qualifier Magdalena Frech. Venus Williams battled for more than three hours to defeat Camila Giorgi in three sets in the last round. This was her second win of the season in what was her fourth match. The veteran American has played very little tennis in the last three seasons. This season marks her 30th year of competing in the WTA Tour. Williams has defeated Ostapenko in both previous encounters between the two though the last time they met was six years ago. The former world number one is currently ranked 554th in the live ranking which is a 143 place leap.

Jelena Ostapenko is ranked more than 500 places above Williams in the WTA world rankings. She has however dropped two places to 19th in the live ranking after losing 250 ranking points. The Latvian can claw back those points if she wins the tournament. Ostapenko is making her fifth appearance in Birmingham and has twice made it through to the quarterfinals. She has however lost in this round in her last two editions. The 26-year-old arrives for this match having won 20 of the 32 matches she has played with one of those victories coming on grass. This was in the first round here where she also battled for three sets against Linda Noskova.


Key Statistics

  • Williams has played only four matches this season and has lost twice
  • Otsapenko has nine wins in the last 12 matches she has played on grass
  • Ostapenko has been victorious in seven of her last 10 fixtures
  • Williams has defeated Ostapenko in both previous encounters with each other
  • Williams has one win and one loss on grass this year

The bet of our experts

Our prediction for Venus Williams v Jelena Ostapenko is for Ostapenko to win in straight sets. Williams has the head-to-head advantage in this fixture which should have her confident of winning. Her prolonged absence from the court will however be a hindrance against Ostapenko.

Created on 22/06/2023 at 05:06
All tips are fully researched and given in good faith, but profits cannot be guaranteed.
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