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Ostapenko vs Sakkari Australian Open R1 predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 13 Jan 2019
  • Jelena Ostapenko takes on Maria Sakkari in Round 1 of the Australian Open on Monday
  • Ostapenko won their only previous clash on the clay of Charleston in 2017
  • The Latvian has struggled to start 2019, losing in the first round of her first two tournaments

Jelena Ostapenko vs Maria Sakkari Australian Open 2019 first round match preview, predictions and betting tips - can former French Open champion avoid a first round elimination at Melbourne Park?


Date: Monday January 14
Start time: 1.00pm local time (2.00am GMT) (approx)
Court: Melbourne Arena

Ostapenko vs Sakkari predictions


After an extraordinary breakout season in 2017 where she captured her maiden Grand Slam title as an unseeded dark horse, climbed into the world’s top 10 and qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals, Jelena Ostapenko came crashing back down to earth in 2018, finishing outside the top 20 and generally struggling for consistency.

That’s not to say the Latvian didn’t play well at all - a runner-up finish in Miami and the semi-finals of Wimbledon are results most players would take in a heartbeat, but it’s also fair to say that Ostapenko found it difficult as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and it showed as she was bundled out of the French Open in Round 1 of her title defence. Ostapenko also lost her first two matches of the 2019 season in Shenzhen and Sydney and doesn’t play well in the heat - but, at the same time, she’s more than capable of redlining her way to victory. You can get an Ostapenko win at 6/4 with William Hill.

Meanwhile, Maria Sakkari has been a steady player for a couple of years now after first making a bit of a wave when she made the third round at three of the four slams in 2017. Currently ranked No. 43 in the world, Sakkari made her first WTA final last season in San Jose (finished runner-up to Mihaela Buzarnescu after beating Venus Williams) and was impressive at the Hopman Cup in Perth to launch her 2019 season. A player on the rise, Sakkari is favourite in this match-up at 4/6 with Paddy Power.

It’s an interesting match to predict - on one hand, Ostapenko, when she’s firing on all cylinders, is almost impossible to stop and can beat anyone, as her French Open run proved. However, the problem is that she can rarely produce that level over the course of a tournament or even throughout an entire match. Sakkari is by far the steadier and more solid player at the moment, and if she keeps her errors down and lets the Latvian self-destruct, this match is there for the taking.

Ostapenko vs Sakkari match stats


  • Ostapenko won their only previous clash in three sets on clay in Charleston in 2017
  • Ostapenko has made the third round in her last two visits to Melbourne
  • Sakkari was eliminated in the opening round in Melbourne last year

Ostapenko vs Sakkari betting tips


While Ostapenko won their only previous encounter, the Latvian comes into this showdown in poor form and lacking confidence. The Latvian has also struggled in the heat in the past - and with the mercury set to hit over 35C in Melbourne on Monday, that’s another factor she’ll have to contend with. As mentioned, Ostapenko’s explosive firepower could easily propel her to a set, but a solid and consistent Sakkari - who has been rising gradually over the last couple of years - should be able to withstand the moments of Ostapenko brilliance and frustrate her into error as the match drags on. A Sakkari win in three sets is 3/1 with bet365.

Ostapenko vs Sakkari odds


Ostapenko to win - 6/4 @ William Hill
Sakkari to win - 4/6 @ Paddy Power
Sakkari to win in three sets - 3/1 @ bet365

Ostapenko vs Sakkari recommended bet


Sakkari to win in three sets at 3/1 @ bet365

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