Jabeur vs Begu
1st round in Bucharest between Ons Jabeur and Irina Camelia Begu.
Irina Camelia Begu is from Romania, she won the trophy last season and what made me big impression is the way she did it- all of her matches finished with straight set wins. In some of them her advantage was too much for her opponents. Both of these players don't have perfect results, especially Jabeur, whose stats are loss, loss, loss, loss, loss during 2018.... only one win in main draw against Golubic in 1st round in Wimbledon. But Begu becomes totally different player, when she has to play in tournament in the Balkans. They are not so many in the women's calendar- I think Istanbul and Bucharest are the main once, but she always performs well there with SFs and finals.
The way she won the trophy makes me to believe she is capable of doing almost the same this year. I don't say to win the title without dropping a set, but at least can start in style in her opening match. Sevastova is seeded as N1 once again, so that's perfect chance for all of the Romanians in the draw to knock her out and one of them to win the home trophy. Begu's chances look really good, but in matches between two Romanians everything can happen. Here the advantage is totally with Camelia Begu, so if you don't want to risk too much, you can only play her at 1.50-1.60 odds. I will try something different and riskier, but temptating for me- straight set win for Irina Camelia Begu.
Jabeur vs Begu prediction
|Begu -1.5 Sets AH||Pinnacle||2.49||9||2-0 LOST (-9 units)|