Match details

Fixture: (2) Ons Jabeur vs Tamara Zidansek

Date: January 17, 2023 (IST)

Tournament: Australian Open 2023

Round: First round (Round of 128)

Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt

Prize money: A$76,500,000

Live telecast: USA – ESPN | UK – Eurosport | India – Sony Six, Sony Ten & Sony Liv

Ons Jabeur vs Tamara Zidansek preview

Second seed Ons Jabeur will begin her 2023 Australian Open campaign against World No. 88 Tamara Zidansek on Tuesday.

Jabeur is coming into the first Slam of the year after having finished as the runner-up in the last two Slams in what was a remarkable season for the Tunisian. The 28-year-old also won a couple of titles at the Madrid Open and the bett1open in Berlin, in addition to reaching the finals in Rome and Charleston.

Jabeur has brought the momentum into the new season. She beat Sorana Cirstea and Marta Kostyuk to make the semifinals at the Adelaide International 1 last week. There she fell to rising star Linda Noskova in three sets after receiving treatment for a lower back issue.

Having had to miss the last Australian Open due to a lingering back problem, the 2020 quarterfinalist will be eager to recover in time for the Melbourne Major.

Tamara Zidansek’s biggest achievement so far remains her sizzling run to the semifinals of the 2021 French Open. It helped her break into the top 50 in the world rankings. Soon after, the Slovenian won the only WTA singles title of her career in Lausanne.

Zidansek, however, failed to build on her success the following year. Although she made the semifinals at the Adelaide International 2 and peaked at No. 22 in the rankings, she faded away thereafter.

The 25-year-old reached the quarterfinals just once in the next 17 tour-level events. Zidansek, however, finished as the runner-up at the ITF $60,000 event in Monastir, Tunisia.

Her start to the 2023 season hasn’t been encouraging either. Zidansek crashed out in the first round at Auckland last week. She won a couple of matches to qualify for the Hobart International this week before biting the dust in the first round.

Ons Jabeur vs Tamara Zidansek head-to-head

Jabeur and Zidansek are tied at 1-1 in the head-to-head. Their first-ever meeting was in Tunis in 2016, where the Tunisian beat Zidansek 6-4, 7-6(2). Zidansek exacted revenge three years later with a 6-3, 7-6(4) win in the qualifying rounds in Rome.

Ons Jabeur vs Tamara Zidansek odds

(Odds sourced from Oddschecker)

Ons Jabeur vs Tamara Zidansek prediction

This match will give an actual picture of Jabeur’s fitness levels. Zidansek has a heavy topspin forehand and can occasionally mix things up with a slice-and-dropshot combination as well. She could thus test Jabeur’s speed and movement.

That said, being born and bred on clay, Zidansek isn’t that comfortable playing on the faster courts. Additionally, her confidence level, too, has dipped following a string of underwhelming results over quite some time.

Jabeur could take a bit of time to settle into the match. Once she does, she could run away with the match. Her strong baseline hitting coupled with her variety and finesse would be enough to take the match away from the hands of the Slovenian.

Pick: Ons Jabeur to win in straight sets.