As soon as the field of participants is reduced to 64 women, the first cracks start to appear. Belinda Bencic and Jelena Ostapenko are two 22-year-olds who have achieved amazing things in their young careers.
Bencic vs Ostapenko Tennis Betting Tips
The Swiss is the current top 10 player and only won the major tournament in Dubai in 2019 (WTA Premier 5). Her Latvian opponent already received her first Grand Slam Cup in 2017 when she surprisingly won the French Open.
A promising match awaits the spectators in Melbourne Park on the fourth day of the tournament when the bookmakers for Belinda Bencic against Jelena Ostapenko advertise the lower odds. In other words, the Swiss is the favorite in this duel.
That makes sense. After all, Belinda Bencic has been in seventh place in the WTA world rankings since Monday and has thus posted a new career high. Meanwhile, her Latvian opponent played a desolate year 2019, in which she always failed in the first round of the first three Grand Slam tournaments.
Although the aggressive and cheeky right-hand man from Latvia is sometimes unpredictable and has already beaten the entire “crème de la crème” of the WTA Tour, it is most sustainable to place the tip on Belinda Bencic against Jelena Ostapenko on the progress of the Swiss. We boost the odds with a small handicap of -2.5 games.
Belinda Bencic – Statistics & current form
Current position in the world rankings: 7.
Position in the seed list: 6.
The 22-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic has already had a very turbulent career in the WTA Tour despite her young age. A whopping six years ago she started her first professional season, during which she reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the 2014 US Open.
Her first two individual titles followed in 2015, including the first major title at a WTA Premier 5 tournament at the Western & Southern Open 2015. The experts were certain: Belinda Bencic was the long-sought successor to Martina Hingis in Switzerland, whose first overall victory in a Grand Slam tournament was only a matter of time.
All the more sobering were the years 2016 and 2017, in which the promising talent was thrown back by several injuries, so that doubts sometimes grew louder whether she would be able to catch up with the elite again if she got back to the appropriate physical level.
It played through again for the first time in 2018, but fell well short of expectations. In 2019, however, it reached several milestones. At the US Open 2019 she was in her career for the first time in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, after she also stormed the round of the best four women with three other majors: at the Madrid Open, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and in Dubai.
In the latter tournament, she survived this round and in the subsequent final won 2-1 over Petra Kvitova, which earned her the first major title since 2015.
With these successes behind them, Belinda Bencic consequently qualified for the first time in her career for the WTA Finals, in which Bencic survived the round robin straight away and could only be slowed down in the semifinals.
This recent form high should also explain why Belinda Bencic’s Jelena Ostapenko bookmakers’ odds are clearly moving in their direction. After all, the Swiss won last week in Adelaide against well-known opponents such as Daria Kasatkina and Julia Görges and did not ignite anything in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlová in Melbourne.
The challenge now is to survive the endurance test against a former Grand Slam winner and to prove to all experts that 2019 was not a flash in the pan.
Last matches from Belinda Bencic:
🎾 01/21/2020 – Bencic vs. Schmiedlova 6-3, 7-5 (Australian Open)
🎾 01/16/2020 – Collins vs. Bencic 6-3, 6-1 (Adelaide)
🎾 Jan 15, 2020 – Bencic vs. Goerges 7-6, 7-6 (Adelaide)
🎾 01/13/2020 – Bencic vs. Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4 (Adelaide)
🎾 07.01.2020 – Blinkova vs. Bencic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Shenzhen WTA)
Jelena Ostapenko – Statistics & current form
Current position in the world rankings: 45.
Position in the seed list: unset
The 22-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko is only number 45 in the WTA world rankings in the first Grand Slam tournament of the calendar year. The Australian Open is of all the Grand Slam tournaments in which it has the weakest career record.
In 2016 and 2019 it failed in the first round. In between was the final stage in the sixteenth final. The 2-0 win over the Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova in the first round was her fifth individual victory at the most important tennis tournament in Down Under, which has already been defeated four times.
Jelena Ostapenko took a lot of time to prepare for the 2020 season. As one of the very few women from the main field of women’s singles at the Australian Open 2020, the Latvian woman has not completed a single preparation tournament in the past three weeks. Instead, she started practically from zero to one hundred in the first round match in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The performance was definitely right there. With 6: 1 she broke the qualifier’s defense very early, who had already won three games in Melbourne to qualify for the main field, before the second set at 6: 4 did not burn excessively.
However, what speaks against Belinda Bencic against Jelena Ostapenko against a tip on the Latvian is the fact that she is once again running on two tracks in a big tournament. Together with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski – the two are number six on the seed list – she also participates in the women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2020 – and with ambitions.
Already in 2018 she won a major title together with Dabrowski in Qatar. In addition, she was in the mixed doubles in the final of the Wimbledon Championships with partner Robert Lindstedt in 2019. While this underscores her versatility, she often paid the price for having to be on the pitch practically every day, sometimes even twice a day, in the individual events taking place in parallel.
Nevertheless, their unique way of playing tennis is always somewhat unpredictable. After all, Jelena Ostapenko looks for the greatest possible risk in almost every situation and always plays on the limit between genius and madness.
As a result, she has days on which she plays the best players in the world, but also raven-black days on which she doesn’t succeed at all. The opening match at least gives hope that their preparation for the new year was good and that a total failure is unlikely.
Last matches by Jelena Ostapenko:
🎾 01/21/2020 – Ostapenko vs. Samsonova 6-1, 6-4 (Australian Open)
Bencic vs Ostapenko – Head to Head Statistics
Head to head: 0: 1
As much as there might be between Belinda Bencic and Jelena Ostapenko for a tip on the Swiss – the “head to head” comparison does not. The Latvian won the only encounter between the two athletes so far at the BNP Paribas Open 2018 in Indian Wells 2-1 (6: 4, 3: 6 and 6: 1).
Belinda Bencic vs Jelena Ostapenko Australian Open 2020 Tennis Tips Provided by PicksSoccer.com
The bottom line is the “head to head” comparison, which goes back to a phase in which the Swiss woman was only just fighting back after the many injuries, but the only thing against Benapic against Ostapenko against a prediction on the number seven of the WTA world ranking speaks.
In our eyes, the Latvian lacks game practice and a sense of achievement against the top players after a weak year 2019. We will only see her progress if she gets her carefree and cheeky offensive game on the pitch 100% and accordingly risky balls sit right from the start.
Key facts – Belinda Bencic vs Jelena Ostapenko tips
⭐️ Ostapenko won the only duel so far in March 2018 with 2-1
⭐️ Bencic has been in seventh place in the WTA world rankings since Monday
⭐️ Ostapenko went into her fifth Australian Open women’s fifth with a meager 4: 4 record
Because that is not overly likely, we recommend you play tip 1 against Benapic against Ostapenko. The rather low odds, which is advertised for the progress of the Swiss, can also be boosted with a small handicap.
By betting on a victory with -2.5 games of number seven in the WTA world rankings, the risk practically does not increase at all, since two sets with tiebreaks would be required so that this bet would not work.
Meanwhile, with this addition at Bencic against Ostapenko, the odds increase up to 1.80, which brings enough value for a supposed favorite tip. We therefore play this bet with five units.
Competition: Australian Open WTA
Date: January 22, 2020
Betting Tips: Handicap: victory at home -2.5 games
Stake: 5/10 units