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Best Bets WTA Lexington: Clear-minded Jabeur to defeat Govortsova
Jabeur dismantled rising star Caty Mcnally in her opening round, and should take care of business against the 135th-ranked Olga Govortsova on Wednesday.
Published Aug 11, 2020
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Ons Jabeur has made good use of her time during the layoff, both physically and mentally. Bianca Andreescu has made no bones about the importance of visualization and meditation, and the Tunisian—who shares a strikingly similar game to Andreescu, filled with heavy spins, angles and drop shots—has also embraced the benefits of a clear mind during competition.
“I was meditating at the Australian Open,” (where she reached the quarterfinal in by far the best performance of her career), Jabeur told TENNIS.com. “Now, I do meditate, work on myself even more, so I can improve.
"For example, manage my emotions on court. It’s not easy to be a professional tennis player, you have a lot of stress around you. Especially as I’ve played really good lately, so everybody is expecting me to play even better. I’m progressing, I like the way I am on or outside the court. I hope I can continue this work. There’s always room for improvement, and I think I’m ready for it.”
Jabeur was certainly ready for it in her opening-round dismissal of Caty McNally in Lexington. Though Jabeur was just a slight (-160) favorite against the rising teen, she breezed through, 6-2, 6-4. Her shotmaking and variety proved too much for the young American.
At (-200) to defeat Olga Govortsova, Jabeur is the safest pick on Wednesday's board. Jabeur oozed confidence on Monday and according to their UTR rating, this match should be fairly one-sided. Jabeur is rated as the 25th best player in the world, while Govortsova is 85th.
At (-200), you have to pay up for the security, but Jabeur was on a fast track to the Top 20 before the season was suspended, and there’s no reason she should slow down her remarkable progress. Jabeur is a baller, and should be treated as such.