(9) Ana Ivanovic vs Elina Svitolina
Friday's fourth and final quarter-final sees Ana Ivanovic take on this week’s surprise package Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian youngster will come into this match with nothing to lose and will know that Ana Ivanovic is always a little vulnerable.
Ana Ivanovic progressed through to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 2-6 6-3 victory over the in form Svetlana Kuznetsova. Ana was dominant in the opening set, however her level dropped dramatically in the second set. 3-1 up in the decider, it looked like Kuznetsova was destined for victory. Ana suddenly clicked into gear, winning five straight games to storm into the final eight. The way Ana served out the match was particularly impressive; the final game included two glorious passing shots, one off each wing.
Elina Svitolina is the only unseeded player left in the draw; the youngster has absolutely nothing to lose in this match, which could work in her favour. Svitolina arrived in Cincinnati fresh off defending her title in Baku and is currently on an eight match-winning streak. Svitolina’s most impressive victory this week came in the second round where she upset Petra Kvitova in straight sets. Svitolina’s victory over Kvitova was the 19 year olds first victory over a top 10 player.
Ana Ivanovic has a perfect 4-0 victory against the second highest ranked teenager on tour. Svitolina pushed Ana all the way to a third set tiebreak earlier this year at Indian Wells. Their most recent encounter took place at Roland Garros, Ana won in straight sets 7-5 6-2. Svitolina certainly isn’t without a chance but Ana should be too good for this weeks surprise package.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic to defeat Elina Svitolina in three sets