Caroline Wozniacki vs Jelena Ostapenko French Open 2017 QF Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki

A huge chance has opened up for the two players in the top quarter of the women’s draw after the assumed semi finalist from that section – Svetlana Kuznetsova – fell in the previous round. That was to the 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who faces the youngster Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the quarter finals. Check out the Wozniacki vs Ostapenko Head to Head stats.

Wozniacki was solid against Kuznetsova in the 3 set win, holding off a fight back from the Russian from 0-3 down in the final set, saving a break point to tie it up and then running away with the match from then on. Kuznetsova was from her best but she did handle the former champ well nonetheless. “I started off really, really well. My game plan was working and I kept her on her toes with drop shots and mixing up the pace,” she said. Wozniacki didn’t particularly impress in the early rounds against an array of young talent but now she is at the deep end, anything can happen.

Jelena Ostapenko’s headlines on tour to date mostly came as a result of her behaviour on court rather than her game but the Latvian is now in the position to make headlines due to her big hitting game although the worry always remains for her that her serve is a major liability. She showed major heart to come through a three setter against one of the better clay courters left in the draw in Sam Stosur, fighting back after struggling early on.

“Ostapenko goes for her shots and plays flat. When she’s on fire, she’s tough. I think she can be a little bit more up and down. Both are very tough opponents playing really well.” Wozniacki said of her next opponent. For all her faults, Wozniacki has often thrived against young players in their early encounters – the Dane’s game frustrating many a youthful big hitter. That hasn’t been the case against Ostapenko so far, who has gone 3-0 against Woznacki including twice on clay within the past 2 months. She hasn’t faced a big occasion like this before but if she can keep her nerve, this could be Ostapenko’s chance to announce herself to the world in the next week.
Prediction – Jelena Ostapenko in three sets
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