Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu 4-18-23 WTA Analysis, Best Picks and Odds

Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu 4/18/23 – Jelena Ostapenko and Emma Raducanu will clash for a second time at this year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, starting off the tournament as early-round opponents in round 1. Jelena Ostapenko currently leads their head-to-head competition 1-0; however, they have never faced off on clay courts. Jelena Ostapenko defeated Emma Raducanu¬† 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 at Seoul back in 2022 in their semifinal. WTA betting sites favored Jelena Ostapenko to win this game.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu 

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 12:30 PM ET

Location: Porsche Arena Stuttgart, Germany

Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu 4/18/23 Betting Odds

Ostapenko

Moneyline: -135

Raducanu

Moneyline: +108

Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu Analysis

Jelena Ostapenko the Latvian won the French Open back in 2017, so she is well versed on playing on clay courts. That remains her only WTA title on hard courts; however, she has reached two quarter finals in Rome. Ostapenko made history this year by reaching the last eight of the Australian Open and consistently reaching tournament knock-out rounds. There have been some tough matches along the way, such as defeats against Kvitova, Pegula, Sabalenka and Rybakina. Jelena Ostapenko will kick-off her run at Stuttgart after competing in Miami and losing to Trevisan 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round on March 27. Ostapenko boasts an overall win/loss record of 12-8 in 2023, including zero on clay courts. This will be the inaugural match on clay this year. Jelena holds an overall 335-206 record in her tennis career, including an impressive 93-44 clay court win-loss ratio. Ostapenko holds an edge against her opponent due to the match taking place on clay and is expected to come away victorious here. Ostapenko is a former French Open champion. In her sole previous match against Raducanu, Ostapenko won easily. This year she has shown greater consistency despite drawing some tough opponents. Jelena has earned 1300 out of 1715 points on Hard Court and 335 (22%) on Grass, and 80 on Clay. Ostapenko remains at No.24 on the year-to-date rankings, holding on to her status as Latvian No.1.

Emma Raducanu currently boasts an overall 5-4 win loss record this year and zero on clay courts. Emma boasts an overall career record of 98-48. Emma Raducanu makes her season clay debut at this indoor Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The British player faces another tough draw – facing world number 22 Jelena Ostapenko in round one. Assuming Raducanu wins her match-up against third seeded Ons Jabeur in Munich’s second round, things may become even tougher for her in terms of world ranking if things do not go her way here. She began this tournament ranked 68th but could fall further if things do not go according to plan in Munich. Raducanu advanced to the quarter finals last year and she now stands to defend those points. That explains why Raducanu’s live rankings have dropped so dramatically; she defeated two lower ranked players here last year while making little impactful statements at other clay court tournaments she participated in last year. Raducanu has shown signs of improvement recently and it has been quite some time since the Brit retired from a match – something Ostapenko did in Seoul last year when Raducanu retired in the final set. Raducanu continues to struggle with consistency and should play more frequently. While reaching the last eight here in 2022, only two lowly-ranked opponents were beaten by her. In the future, Elena Raducanu will also have a difficult time, since due to constant failures, public pressure is growing.

Jelena Ostapenko vs Emma Raducanu Free Pick

We anticipate an exciting, close contest between these ladies. Jelena Ostapenko and Emma Raducanu are two top stars on the circuit. Jelena Ostapenko can be an intimidating opponent, particularly in the opening round. Her dominance has been impeccable this year and it usually requires top players to overthrow her. Emma Raducanu would benefit from competing more consistently on clay rather than only occasional tournaments as is currently the case. Her form on this surface hasn’t been great. WTA betting predictions favor Jelena Ostapenko as the winner in this match.

Free Pick: Jelena Ostapenko -135