Former Junior Wimbledon champion aims to beat Estonian ace for first time
Jelena Ostapenko, a former Junior Wimbledon winner, will need to register her maiden success over Anett Kontaveit if she is set to capture the Eastbourne crown.
Both players are rejuvenated this season having found their range on the Devonshire Park grass, with each have a shot at entering next week’s Grand Slam with a title to boost their confidence at the esteemed All England Club.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, lies 16 places lower than her Estonian opponent and only entered the tournament as a wildcard but should claim victory by a whisker.
Having failed to reach a
Kontaveit has also experienced a tough battle to secure her final berth, requiring three sets to see off Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova and rising Swiss star Viktorija Golubic.
But she had an easier passage in the
Kontaveit beat Ostapenko in straight sets at a 2015 WTA Challenger in Ilkley, but required three sets to dismiss her opponent at the 2018 Australian Open. This time the result is in the balance and should go to three sets with Ostapenko the likely victor.