Ostapenko vs Raducanu: prediction for the WTA Seoul match
After the final of grass tournament in Eastbourne, Jelena Ostapenko had a long slump and was unable to achieve positive results. Latvian player finally managed to put up a good run of performances at Seoul, reaching the semifinals.
Ostapenko was close to elimination in the first round, she beat the local player, Jeong Bo-young, by the narrowest possible margin (6:4, 3:6, 7:6). In the second round Jelena had another closely contested match. This time she managed to beat Anastasia Gasanova (6:3, 5:7, 7:5). Only in the quarter-final World No. 19 player managed to secure a confident victory, beating Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (6:2, 6:1).
Raducanu reached the semi-final of WTA tournament for the first time in a season. Before the start of Seoul competition, she got eliminated in the quarterfinals at Stuttgart and at Washington.
Emma didn't lose a single set in first three rounds of Seoul tournament. Her opponents were not so strong though - Uchijima, Wickmayer and Linette.
In three of five latest matches of Ostapenko three sets were played
In three of five latest matches of Raducanu more games were played in the second set than in the first one
There is no clear favourite in the upcoming semi-final match. In our opinion, Ostapenko has more chances for a victory here. Latvian player got off to a rough start of the tournament, but gained momentum after two three-set victories. We don't think that Raducanu will stop Jelena.
Our prediction - Ostapenko to win the match
Choosing a bet on the total, we should look up the history of Ostapenko's recent matches. In three of five latest encounters she played three sets. Jelena is not consistent enough to secure a victory in straight sets.
Our second bet is on total over 21 games