Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022 Picks and In-Depth Analysis

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Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko returns the ball to Canada's Rebecca Marino during their women's singles round of 16 tennis match on Day 2 of the WTA Championships tournament. Adrian Dennis / AFP

The semifinals are here for the WTA event in Rothesay International Eastbourne. Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko takes on Italian firecracker Camila Giorgi in a battle of two power players.

Let’s take a look at WTA odds to find another winning WTA pick. 

Jelena Ostapenko vs. Camila Giorgi 

Friday, June 24, 2022 – 07:15 PM EDT at Court 1

Two of the biggest forehands on tour face off when Jelena Ostapenko and Camila Giorgi take the court in the Eastbourne semifinals. We can expect plenty of quick points and not many long, drawn-out rallies. Let's take a look at each player's strengths and weaknesses, which are quite similar. 

Jelena Ostapenko Player Profile 

Jelena Ostapenko is the player that prefers the power style of tennis. She can often be dismissive of defensive types players in her post-match interviews. Ostapenko will definitely not be dismissive of Camilla Giorgi's impressive power. 

Also, Jelena has excellent groundstrokes, and her forehand is one of the most blistering on tour. Ostapenko struggles on serve, especially with consistency.  

One of Ostapenko has keys to victory is to have a high first-serve percentage. 

Jelena Ostapenko Accomplishments  

  • Jelena Ostapenko is a 25-year-old Latvian ranked 14th in the world. 
  • Ostapenko is 4-1 on grass this season 
  • Ostapenko is the defending champion here at Eastbourne. Ostapenko has yet to lose a set in route to the semifinals.  
  • Ostapenko is a streaky player. So far this season, she has had a nine-match winning streak, followed by a five-match losing streak 
  • Ostapenko is a former Grand Slam Champion, winning the French Open in 2017 
  • Ostapenko’s best result at Wimbledon is to make the semifinals in 2018. She made the third round at Wimbledon last season.  

Camila Giorgi Player Profile 

  • Camila Giorgi is a 30-year-old Italian player ranked 26 in the world. 
  • Giorgi is 6-2 on the grass so far this season
  • Giorgi has not lost a set in this tournament. 
  • Giorgi is a power player and hits with incredible pace, especially for a player of her stature. At only 5 ft 6, she is definitely the most powerful player of her size. 
  • Giorgi's best result at a Grand Slam is to make the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2018. 

Ostapenko vs. Giorgi Player Matchup 

These two players are quite similar in strategy. There will be no contrast in styles, today's winner will be the woman who executes her game plan at a higher level. 

  • Camila Giorgi and Jelena Ostapenko are both power players who rely on huge forehands to gain advantages of early in points, and end points quickly. 
  • Giorgi and Ostapenko both are incredibly streaky and can have their level of play fluctuate wildly within a match. 
  • Giorgi has a slight advantage in court coverage, but both players hit so much power it is essentially inconsequential  
  • Ostapenko has more experience in high-level matches. Still, once again, both players are so streaky that their level play on that day is much more indicative of the result than experience. 
  • Camila Giorgi and Jelena Ostapenko played twice before. They are 1-1 head to head, but the matches took place in 2017 and 2016, so these results are not predictive at all. 

Ostapenko vs. Giorgi Betting Analysis  

Jelena Ostapenko is the definition of a streaky player, but when she gets hot you want to ride that streak. Ostapenko loves the courts here at Eastbourne and has the motivation to make sure that she defends her points from last season to protect her ranking.  

Her style matches up excellently with Camila Giorgi, who will not force her to play in extended rallies where her inconsistency can rear its ugly head. 

In the end, both players are incredibly hard to predict. Both players can go from brilliant to terrible multiple times during a match. Ostapenko is very emotional on the court, and the audience can see her range of reactions to her play and how much each point means to her.  

Giorgi does a better job of keeping her cool but can come across as apathetic, especially in losses. Both players have had their commitment to sport questioned. Both will be looking to make a statement today. 

Ostapenko vs. Giorgi Betting Pick 

I think Ostapenko's high level of play will continue. When Ostapenko is on her game she can beat anyone, and it feels like she is found that top-level form right now.  

Our tennis pick for today's WTA Rothesay International Eastbourne semifinal event is Jelena Ostapenko -2 games, available at BMR's top-rated books and betting sites.

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