Jelena Ostapenko wins a fantastic 1st round in Melbourne after playing great tennis against Francesca Schiavone.

The Italian veteran was a tricky test for the Latvian as Francesca was expected to mix up her tennis to make Ostapenko uncomfortable. Eventually, Jelena was too good with her shot making to concede just 5 games and win the contest 6-1 6-4.

I knew I had to stay consistent. OSTAPENKO

Soon after the match, Jelena commented

“I knew before the match that it’s not going to be easy. She’s very experienced player, and she’s very long time on tour. I knew I had to play really aggressive and stay very consistent.”

Next vs. Ying-Ying Duan

Jelena will face Ying-Ying Duan in the 2nd round. Ranked no.84, the Chinese had a smashing start of her Australian Open campaign after she defeated Mariana Duque-Marino 6-0 6-1 in the 1st round. They have never played each other.

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