Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko Prediction and Odds: Birmingham Open 2023

After a hiatus of six months, Venus Williams returned to the court in her bid for Wimbledon. She clashes with Jelena Ostapenko in the second round of the Birmingham Open with both stars coming on the back of 2-1 wins. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.

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Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko – Match Predictions

Over 19.5 Games

Williams’ last three outings have seen extended time run on the clock. Each of these fixtures concluded in three sets, a statistic also observed in Ostapenko’s last two matches. Interestingly, the last encounter between these ladies also saw the scoreboard reading 2-1. With both players involved in long affairs on the court, irrespective of the surface, and also sharing a similar history although six years apart, we are backing the Over 19.5 Games selection.

2-1 to Jelena Ostapenko

As it stands, Williams is playing in her second tournament since her second-round exit from the Adelaide Open. She takes on 17-ranked Ostapenko and is the heavy underdog in this meeting. However, given her pedigree, it is difficult to root against her, especially on the grass. Add to the fact that she has two wins against the Latvian pro. While getting past Ostapenko seems difficult, she will not go down without a fight. Expect her to take a set in this scrap for a quarter-final place but it will be Ostapenko who gets her hand raised with a 2-1 scoreline.

Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Birmingham Open.

Venus Williams

There is still fight left in Venus Williams, who is making a comeback at the age of 43. After missing out last year, she is backing herself for a place in Wimbledon and has only played nine matches since her last appearance on a grass court two years ago. She battled to a 2-1 win over Camila Giorgi, a well-come result after her 2-1 defeat to Celine Naef last week. Williams has  2-2 record in 2023 and can cause Ostapenko problems given their history.

Jelena Ostapenko

Despite only appearing in four competitions on the clay court swing, the 17th-ranked WTA star impressed on her outings. Ostapenko reached the semi-finals of the Rome Masters but her second-round ousting at Roland Garros would have stung her. She started on the right foot on the grass court, earning a 2-1 victory over Linda Noskova. The Latvian ace now has the opportunity to get a victory over Venus Willaims, against who she has a 0-2 losing record.

Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko Head to Head

Williams and Ostapenka have met twice on the WTA tour, both times back in the 2017 campaign. The American ace triumphed on both occasions but is the underdog in their latest duel

Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko Match Details

Birmingham Open
Picture date: Monday June 19, 2023. – Photo by Icon sport
  • What is the prize money for Birmingham Open in 2023? The total prize money for the 2023 edition stands at $259,303.
  • Who is the top seed of the Birmingham Open? Czech ace Barbora
    Krejcikova is the top seed at Birmingham Open.
  • Where is the match being played? The venue for this fixture is Edgbaston Priory Club.

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