Baseline battle ensues between
ex-Grand Slam champion and rising star
Jelena Ostapenko, a former Wimbledon
Both players will have set their sights on capturing their first grass court title ahead of the Championships at SW19, with Rybakina yet to play at the All England Club.
Ostapenko, the surprise 2017 French Open champion, has been in fine fettle at Devonshire Park. She stunned Russia’s no.8 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovano in the opening round, followed it up with victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur — last week’s Birmingham champion — then halted Russian Daria Kasatkina in their
Yet the 24-
Rybakina has not been convincing in registering her trio of triumphs at Devonshire Park. She edged past over Brit Harriet Dart in the opening match, saw off Ukraine’s no.2 seed Elina Svitolina then saved two match points to trump Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 2–6 7–6(7) 7–6(5) in their
As both players are stellar
Ostapenko beat Elena Rybakina in straight sets at the 2019 Linz Open, Austria, but the Kazakh is a much improved player and the result of this clash lies on who produces less unforced errors and manages to keep control of their serve.