Elina Svitolina vs. Serena Williams, US Open SF Preview

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🇺🇦 (5) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇸 (8) Serena Williams

A blockbuster semi-final encounter at Flushing Meadows sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina come up against 23-time major winner Serena Williams. Svitolina enters this clash full of confidence, the Ukrainian is playing the best tennis of her career right now and will be eager to reach her first Grand Slam final. Svitolina has beaten Williams before but will be coming up against a formidable opponent on Thursday evening, Williams is on a mission and is approaching her best level. Can Svitolina pull off the upset victory?

Elina Svitolina is through to back-to-back Grand Slam semi-finals thanks to some fantastic victories. Svitolina also enters this semi-final clash on the back of some stunning performances. The 5th seed played scintillating tennis to defeat Madison Keys and Johanna Konta in straight sets to advance to the final 4. The consistency and movement of Svitolina overwhelmed Keys and Konta, a pair of big hitters, Svitolina will be hoping to execute a similar game against Williams Svitolina has moved through the entire draw without dropping a set having defeated Whitney Osuigwe, Venus Williams and Dayana Yastremska in straight sets during the first week of the event.

Serena Williams is once again on the verge of capturing that elusive 24th Grand Slam title. Williams is yet to win a major since returning from giving birth despite reaching the later stages on numerous occasions. Williams is seemingly desperate to make this the tournament she goes all the way, the 8th seed enters the semi-final stage on the back of her most dominant performance of the tournament where she thrashed China’s Wang Qiang 6-1 6-0 in a near-flawless display of power hitting. Williams has dramatically improved her level since she played some scratchy tennis in a 3-set win over Caty McNally in the second round, straight set wins over Karolina Muchova and Petra Martic preceded Williams’ domination of Wang.

Williams holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Svitolina. It was Svitolina who won the most recent match between the pair, a 6-4 6-3 victory at the Rio Olympics on a hard court. Much has changed since their last meeting, both are in totally different places right now so it will be interesting to see how this matchup unfolds.

I’m going to go for the upset here and side with Svitolina. It feels like this is Svitolina’s time to breakthrough and claim her first career major title. Svitolina is playing amazing tennis at the moment, her movement and defensive skills are the best on tour and that could spell trouble for Williams. Williams has consistently struggled at this stage of Grand Slams since her return from giving birth, specifically against top level counter-punchers, Svitolina falls into this category. If Svitolina’s serve holds up, she has a great chance at winning this match. Svitolina’s first serve has improved dramatically, if she lands enough first serves and gets involved in enough rallies on the Williams serve she should find a way a fight through this one.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Serena Williams in 3 sets

Elina Svitolina vs. Johanna Konta, US Open QF Preview

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🇺🇦 (5) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇬🇧 (16) Johanna Konta

Elina Svitolina and Johanna Konta will both be aiming to reach a second Grand Slam semi-final in 2019 when they go head-to-head in Tuesday’s first quarter-final at Flushing Meadows. Svitolina and Konta both enter this match in great form, both took down quality opposition in the previous round and will be full of confidence. It is Svitolina who holds a dominant record over the Brit, can the British number 1 flip the script on this occasion?

Elina Svitolina has cruised into her first US Open quarter-final without dropping a set. Svitolina moved through the first week with easy wins over Whitney Osuigwe, Venus Williams and Dayana Yastremska. Svitolina’s most impressive performance came at the fourth round stage where she defeated an in-form Madison Keys 7-5 6-4. Svitolina did not face a single break point against Keys, in fact she wasn’t even taken to deuce in a service game or behind in a service game at any point.

Johanna Konta is through to a third consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, an outstanding effort from the British number 1. Konta’s pathway to the final 8 hasn’t been easy. The 16th seed required 3 sets to get through a tricky opening round matchup with Daria Kasatkina before thrashing Margarita Gasparyan and Shuai Zhang. Konta’s biggest win also came at the fourth round stage where she fought from a set and a break down to defeat the 3rd seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-7 7-5 6-3, a gutsy win by Konta over one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Svitolina holds a perfect 4-0 record over Konta. The most recent meeting between the pair took place at the Rogers Cup last year where Svitolina won 6-3 6-4.

I expect Svitolina to maintain her unbeaten record over Konta. The head-to-head record doesn’t lie, this is a good matchup for Svitolina and a bad matchup for Konta. Svitolina’s tenacity and consistency from the baseline will make life very tough for Konta, especially given how well Svitolina has served of late. If Svitolina serves well then she will win this match, she will win the majority of the baseline exchanges. The 5th seed is currently looking like the player that won the WTA Finals last year, on that form she is so hard to beat. Konta usually stumbles at this stage of a major.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Johanna Konta in 2 sets

Elina Svitolina vs. Madison Keys, US Open R4 Preview

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🇺🇦 (5) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇸 (10) Madison Keys

A blockbuster round of 16 clash at the US Open sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take on the 10th seeded Madison Keys. This is a huge match for both women, Svitolina and Keys are two of the most accomplished players on tour yet to win a Grand Slam, both have what it takes to go all the way. Keys holds a slight 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Svitolina but it was the Ukrainian who came out on top in their most recent match earlier this year, who will prevail in this critical meeting at Flushing Meadows?

Elina Svitolina has cruised through the first week in New York. Svitolina booked her spot in the fourth round with straight set wins over Whitney Osuigwe, Venus Williams and Dayan Yastremska. Importantly Svitolina has played 3 big-hitters so she is very much prepared to face Keys, granted Keys will be her toughest test yet.

Madison Keys is one of the form players on tour right now. Keys is on a 9-match winning streak having arrived in New York fresh from winning the title in Cincinnati. Keys moved through the first week in New York without dropping a set, straight set wins over Misaki Doi, Lin Zhu and Sofia Kenin saw her through to the round of 16. The bad news for Keys is that she was struggling physically during her 6-3 7-5 win over Sofia Kenin, it’s hard to know what to expect from Keys in the next round.

Madison Keys has won 2 of the 3 meetings between the pair, one of which was via retirement. Keys defeated Svitolina at the US Open in 2017, a 3 set victory. Most recently it was Svitolina who prevailed 6-2 1-6 6-1 at the round of 16 stage at the Australian Open earlier this year.

I’m going to side with Svitolina here. Svitolina has cruised through her 3 matches and seems to be in perfect shape heading into the second week of the tournament. Keys may be on a 9-match winning streak but it seems this is where her run comes to an end, Keys was suffering physically in her latest match and seems due for a bad match. This is a bad matchup for Keys, the American generally struggles against the best counter-punchers on tour, Svitolina falls into this category. I don’t think Keys will be able to produce a clinical enough performance to get the better of a rock-solid Svitolina.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Madison Keys in 2 sets

Elina Svitolina vs. Venus Williams, US Open R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (5) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

The pick of the second round matches on day 3 of the US Open sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take on 2-time former champion Venus Williams. Svitolina has won the last 2 matches between the pair in straight sets, the Ukrainian will head into this match as the favourite but Venus Williams is always a tough opponent at a major and will put a strong fight.

Elina Svitolina hasn’t had the best of seasons by her lofty standards, New York is her final chance in 2019 to capture that elusive Grand Slam singles title. Svitolina made a decent start to the tournament with a 6-1 7-5 win over Whitney Osuigwe. Svitolina may be the 5th seed but she has seemingly flown under the radar heading into this event, Svitolina did reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon a few months ago, a result that should give her the belief that she can go all the way at Flushing Meadows.

The longevity of Venus Williams is simply unprecedented. 18 years after winning her second US Open title the 39-year-old is still able to mix it with the best. Venus made a real statement in her opening match of the event with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Saisai Zheng. Venus will need to produce a similarly high level against Svitolina if she is to pull off the upset.

Svitolina holds a 2-1 record over Williams. Svitolina has won the last couple of matches between the pair in straight sets, most recently Svitolina won 6-3 6-3 at the opening round stage of Roland Garros earlier this year.

I’m going to side with Svitolina. Svitolina is in the prime of her career whilst Venus is nearing the end, at this stage of their respective careers this is a favourable matchup for Svitolina. Williams struggles against the tours best counter-punchers, she has had poor recent results against players such as Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens, Svitolina falls into this category. Svitolina’s consistency and athleticism should see her through this one without too much drama.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Venus Williams in 2 sets

Elina Svitolina vs. Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇺🇦 (9) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇪🇸 (19) Garbine Muguruza

A blockbuster third round clash from Roland Garros sees Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza renew hostilities. This is a heavyweight battle between two genuine contenders in Paris, a really tough test for both players this early in the tournament. Svitolina has had the better of this match-up of late, but it is Muguruza who seemingly heads into this match with momentum on her side, who will prevail?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina arrives in Paris in poor form and with niggling injury concerns. Svitolina put those concerns aside as she came through a potentially tricky opening round match-up against Venus Williams with relative ease, Svitolina prevailed 6-3 6-3. The 9th seed received a lucky break in the second round as her scheduled opponent Kateryna Kozlova withdrew from the match due to injury, handing Svitolina a walkover into the next round. In a rare anomaly Svitolina will have 4 days off between her first and third round matches, probably a blessing for Svitolina who came into the tournament with injury concerns.

Garbine Muguruza made a nervy start to the tournament as she was forced to come from a set down to defeat Taylor Townsend. Muguruza eventually recovered from a slow start to claim a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win over the American. The 2016 champion produced a far more consistent performance in the second round where she easily defeated Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-1 to set up a blockbuster clash with Svitolina, an opponent the Spaniard has struggled against in recent times.

Svitolina holds a 5-3 head-to-head record over Muguruza. Svitolina has won 4 of the last 5 completed matches between the pair, including a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory in their most recent match in Dubai.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Kateryna Kozlova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (9) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇦 Kateryna Kozlova

Elina Svitolina continues her quest for a maiden major title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Kateryna Kozlova in Paris. Svitolina navigated here way through a tough opening round match-up with Venus Williams and can now get her teeth stuck into the tournament with a win over her compatriot.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina made an impressive start to her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a 6-3 6-3 win over Venus Williams. Svitolina played with a great mix of attack and defense to fairly comfortably move through what loomed as a very dangerous opening round match-up. There was an injury cloud looming over Svitolina heading into the event but she seems to have gotten over any problems for the moment.

Kateryna Kozlova progressed to the second round in Paris for just the second time in her career courtesy of a 6-2 7-6 upset win over Bernarda Pera. Kozlova’s win over Pera was just her fourth ever win in a Grand Slam main draw, now she gets a chance against her nations number 1.

This will be the first tour level meeting between the Ukrainian pair. Svitolina has beaten Kozlova twice before, both were on the ITF circuit over 5 years ago.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Venus Williams, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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🇺🇦 (9) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

The pick of the opening round match-ups in Paris sees the 9th seeded Elina Svitolina take on Venus Williams. Svitolina is still desperately searching for a maiden Grand Slam title whilst Williams is the most experienced player on tour and can never be underestimated. Can Williams produce another vintage performance to eliminate the 9th seed?

Venus Williams of the United States practices ahead of the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina arrives in Paris on the back of her worst clay court lead-up ever. Svitolina has not won a match on clay in 2019 having suffered opening round losses in Madrid and Rome. Svitolina was beaten by Pauline Parmentier in Madrid and beaten by Victoria Azarenka in Rome where she was the two-time defending champion. Perhaps Svitolina’s poor form will be a blessing in disguise, she is fresh and has less expectations from the critics given her recent struggles on court.

Roland Garros has always been the most troublesome major for Venus Williams but she has been competitive on the surface in recent times. Venus reached the second week in Paris in 2016 and 2017 and is always a threat, no matter the circumstances. Venus played just the one clay court event prior to Paris where she reached the third round in Rome, Venus claimed an epic 3 set win over Elise Mertens in the first round in Rome, in a match that proved Venus is still capable on the red dirt, even in a lengthy battle.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. The most recent match between the pair took place n Cincinnati in 2017, Svitolina claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win on that occasion, Interestingly, it was Venus who won their only previous match on a clay court, a 6-4 6-3 win in Rome in 2015.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Bianca Andreescu, Indian Wells SF Preview

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🇺🇦 (6) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇨🇦 (wc) Bianca Andreescu

A pair of first-time BNP Paribas Open semi-finalists will go head-to-head on Friday when the 6th seeded Elina Svitolina takes on Canadian wild card Bianca Andreescu. This will be the first career meeting between Svitolina and Andreescu, it will be interesting to see how the Andreescu game stacks up against Svitolina. Andreescu has been the fairy tale story of the tournament thus far but this is arguably her greatest test yet, can the 18 year-old keep her magical run going or will Svitolina be too strong?

Bianca Andreescu of Canada in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina has done things the hard way on route to her first semi-final appearance at the BNP Paribas Open. Svitolina received a bye through the first round before coming very close to elimination in her opening match where she fought past Sofia Kenin 3-6 7-6 6-4. Svitolina’s only straight set win this tournament came at the third round stage where she defeated Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-4. Svitolina then outlasted Barty in a 3-hour epic, the longest match of the season thus far, a 7-6 5-7 6-4 win for the Ukrainian. Svitolina confirmed her spot in the semi-finals with another tough win, a gutsy 4-6 6-4 6-4 win over Marketa Vondrousova. Luckily for Svitolina she got a day off before her semi-final match.

Winning has become a habit for Bianca Andreescu in 2019. Andreescu has won more matches than anyone else on tour in 2019 having already won a whopping 26 matches across all competitions. Andreescu’s level has improved throughout the tournament in Indian Wells. Andreescu started the week with a 3 set win over Irina-Camelia Begu, her only dropped set of the tournament thus far. Andreescu went on to comfortably defeat Dominika Cibulkova, Stefanie Voegele and Qiang Wang in straight sets. Andreescu’s most impressive performance came at the quarter-final stage where she thrashed Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Ashleigh Barty, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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🇺🇦 (6) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇦🇺 (12) Ashleigh Barty

Elina Svitolina and Ashleigh Barty will renew hostilities on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open with a spot in the quarter-finals up for grabs. Svitolina has dominated this match-up, the Ukrainian has won all 4 of the previous meetings between the pair. Nevertheless, Barty is arguably in the best form of her career and will be very keen to finally grab a victory over Svitolina and more importantly reach the final 8 of a major event.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her third-round match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Elina Svitolina will be trying to make the most of her second life in Indian Wells, over the next week, the Ukrainian could have easily been dumped from the tournament in her first match this week where she was forced to come from behind against an in-form Sofia Kenin to claim a 3-6 7-6 6-3 victory. Svitolina was again forced to work hard for her third round victory as she defeated Daria Gavrilova 7-5 6-4 in a tough contest.

Ash Barty is just one win away from securing a place in the top 10 for the first time. Barty has made a great start to the season, amassing a 14/3 win/loss record across all competitions. Barty has fairly comfortably moved through her first couple of matches at the BNP Paribas Open with straight set wins over Tatjana Maria and Jennifer Brady, Svitolina will be much greater test for Barty in the next round.

Svitolina holds a perfect 4-0 record over Barty. Svitolina has won the last 3 matches between the pair in straight sets, including a 7-5 6-4 victory in their most recent match in Miami last year. Can an in-form Barty finally pick up her first career win over Svitolina?

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Elina Svitolina vs. Sofia Kenin, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (6) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇺🇸 Sofia Kenin

Elina Svitolina and Sofia Kenin will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The 6th seeded Svitolina received a bye through the opening round in the Californian desert whilst Kenin battled from a set down to defeat Yafan Wang, avenging her loss to Wang in the Acapulco final just last week.

Elina Svitolina has made a typically decent start to the year, headlined by a quarter-final showing at the Australian Open and more recently back-to-back semi-final appearances in Doha and Dubai. On paper these results look good but unfortunately for Svitolina she has consistently lost in the really important matches which has been the case all her career.

Sofia Kenin has had a busy couple of weeks. The young American arrives in Indian Wells fresh from a runner-up appearance in Acapulco where she lost from a set and a break up against Yafan Wang. Kenin got another shot at Wang in the opening round at the BNP Paribas Open and narrowly escaped another painful loss with a 1-6 7-5 6-4 victory. Kenin squandered a double break lead in the deciding set against Wang before pulling it together right in time by winning the last 3 games of a dramatic match where the American hit well over 50 unforced errors.

Kenin has troubled the best players in the world in the past, most recently she pushed Simona Halep all the way at the third round stage of the Australian Open, can Kenin use her immense power to take down the 6th seed in Indian Wells?

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