Yelena Ostapenko vs Sofia Kenin preview, head-to-head & prediction

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contraption: Yelena Ostapenko vs. Sofia Kenin.

competition: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2022.

Round: First Round (Round of 32).

Venue: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

category: WTA500.

surface: Outdoor hard court.

prize money: $703,580.

Live broadcast: USA – Tennis Channel | UK – Amazon Prime Video.

Yelena Ostapenko vs Sofia Kenin Preview

Ostapenko at the Australian Open 2022.
Ostapenko at the Australian Open 2022.

Two former Grand Slam champions face a thrilling showdown as Jelena Ostapenko takes on Sofia Kenin in the first round of the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships.

Ostapenko reached the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy last week, where she lost to Anett Kontaveit. The Latvian had a difficult start to the year, losing to Paula Badosa in the first round at the Sydney Tennis Classic. This was followed by an elimination in the third round of the Australian Open by Barbora Krejcikova.

Ostapenko will feel a lot more confident after a largely successful week in St. Petersburg. The 2017 Roland Garros champion will look to do a similar feat in Dubai.

Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open 2022.
Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open 2022.

Sofia Kenin struggled a lot in 2021, ending the year with a 10-10 record. She started the season by reaching the quarter-finals of the Adelaide International, where she lost to world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. Kenin even saved a match point in her second-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic, showing the fighting spirit and tenacity she became known for.

Just when it looked like the 23-year-old had started to play well, she was knocked out in the first round at the Sydney Tennis Classic and the Australian Open. She lost her match against Daria Kasatkina in Sydney fairly easily but fought back before finally heading to Madison Keys in Melbourne.

Kenin needs to raise her level significantly if she wants to turn things around and string together a string of good results.

Yelena Ostapenko vs Sofia Kenin head to head

The two have already met twice, with the head-to-head draw being 1-1. Both games went the distance, with Kenin winning their most recent encounter at the 2021 Roland Garros in straight sets.

Yelena Ostapenko vs Sofia Kenin Prediction

Yelena Ostapenko at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open.
Yelena Ostapenko at the 2021 BNP Paribas Open.

Due to her current form, Ostapenko will come out on top in this competition. The Latvian has turned her year after a slow start, while Kenin has returned to 2022 after a fairly decent start.

The former Roland Garros champion is the more aggressive player of the two. Their high-risk gameplay tends to pile up a fair amount of bugs, but is equally rewarding. A large number of double faults at awkward times worried Ostapenko, but she’s improved quite a bit in that regard.

Kenin is known for using a variety of shots in her arsenal to give her opponents a hard time. However, she could not use them with great success, since the American has been going through a difficult period for a long time.

Against another opponent, Kenin might have had a chance even in her current form. But Ostapenko seems to have found her groove now and her opponents will have to do their best to defeat the Latvian if she’s on the right track.

Forecast: Jelena Ostapenko wins in straight sets.

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