Elina Svitolina vs Elise Mertens, Australian Open QF Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 Quarter-Final Preview
🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens

Elina Svitolina and Elise Mertens will both be aiming to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time when the pair collide at quarter-final stage of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Svitolina and Mertens have had similarly impressive starts to the season. Svitolina arrived in Melbourne fresh off winning the Brisbane International title whilst Mertens entered the first Grand Slam of the year on the back of winning the Hobart International title. Who will keep their winning streak going and move one step closer to winning a maiden Grand Slam title?

Embed from Getty Images

Elina Svitolina has been criticised for not having the Grand Slam results to match her lofty ranking. The Ukrainian has a major opportunity to change this in Melbourne. Svitolina has reached her third Grand Slam quarter-final, her first away from Roland Garros. The Ukrainian started the week with a comfortable win over Ivana Jorovic before coming from a set down to defeat Katerina Siniakova. The 4th seed has cruised into the final 8 with comfortable straight set wins over Marta Kostyuk and Denisa Allertova. There is a big opportunity for Svitolina to reach the final from here, Svitolina is a strong favourite against Mertens and will fancy her chances against either Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro in the semi-finals.

Elise Mertens will be no pushover. Mertens is competing in the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time. It was been an outstanding couple of weeks for Mertens. This time last year Mertens was unable to compete in the qualifying draw because she was still in the Hobart draw. 12 months later, Mertens successfully defended her Hobart title and is now into her first Grand Slam quarter-final. Mertens has reached the final 8 in Melbourne without dropping a set. The 22-year-old has claimed straight set wins over Viktoria Kuzmova, Daria Gavrilova, Alize Cornet and Petra Martic.

It was Svitolina who won the only previous meeting between the pair. A 6-2 6-4 victory in the Istanbul final last year on clay.

Elina Svitolina vs Denisa Allertova, Australian Open R4 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R4 Preview
🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs 🇨🇿 (Q) Denisa Allertova

Elina Svitolina enters the round of 16 stage of the Australian Open as the favourite to win the tournament. Svitolina will be back in action on Sunday against Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova. Svitolina is into the 4th round stage of the Australian Open for the first time, the 4th seed won more tournaments than any other player in 2017 however her record at the Grand Slam level was not impressive. The Ukrainian is certainly focusing more on the majors in 2018, this year’s Australian Open seems like a golden opportunity for Svitolina to make her mark on the biggest stage.

Embed from Getty Images

Svitolina cruised into the round of 16 at Melbourne Park, beating Marta Kostyuk 6-2 6-2. Svitolina was too solid and too experienced for Kostyuk in what was a fairly uncompetitive match. In the opening round, Svitolina cruised past Ivana Jorovic 6-3 6-2 before overcoming a slow start to beat Katerina Siniakova 4-6 6-2 6-1. Svitolina is currently on an 8 match winning streak having arrived at Melbourne Park on the back of winning the title at the Brisbane International.

Denisa Allertova is into the round of 16 stage at a Grand Slam for the very first time. Allertova is having a superb week, the 24-year-old rocketed through the qualifying draw without dropping a set and has brought that form into the main draw. Allertova has made the most of a favourable draw, defeating Pauline Parmentier, Shuai Zhang and Magda Linette to reach the fourth round stage in Melbourne.

Interestingly, It was Allertova who won the only previous match between the pair, a surprise 7-5 6-4 victory in Doha in 2016.

Elina Svitolina vs Marta Kostyuk, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs 🇺🇦 (Q) Marta Kostyuk

A golden opportunity to reach the second week for the first time at Melbourne Park presents itself to Elina Svitolina on Friday when she comes up against 15-year-old qualifier Marta Kostyuk. Svitolina has long been criticized for not having the Grand Slam results to live up to her high ranking, this should change at Melbourne Park as the draw has opened up very nicely for the 4th seed. Svitolina must make the most of this opportunity

Embed from Getty Images

Elina Svitolina seemingly had the perfect preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, winning the premier level Brisbane International in the opening week of the season. However, Svitolina admitted after her second round victory in Melbourne that she was struggling with an injury prior to the event and was not sure if she would be able to compete in Melbourne. Svitolina started the event with a comfortable enough win, a 6-3 6-2 win over Ivana Jorović. It was in the second round that Svitolina’s troubles became clear, the 23-year-old laboured past Katerina Siniakova 4-6 6-2 6-1. Svitolina is a fighter and will realise the opportunity she now has in Melbourne, it will be interesting to see how she responds in the next couple of rounds.

Marta Kostyuk is having an outstanding week. Kostyuk, at the age of 15 came through the qualifying draw to reach her first Grand Slam main draw. Kostyuk won the junior event last year in Melbourne so is actually on a big winning streak at Melbourne Park. Kostyuk claimed her first main draw win at a Grand Slam with a shock 6-2 6-2 win over the 25th seeded Shuai Peng before beating Olivia Rogowska 6-3 7-5.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

Elina Svitolina vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Brisbane Final Preview

Brisbane International, Final Preview
(3) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (Q) 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

The first premier level final of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday night at the Brisbane International where Elina Svitolina comes up against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Elina Svitolina will head into this final as a strong favourite. Svitolina won 5 titles in 2017, more than any other player on tour, conversely Sasnovich is yet to win a title and has only ever played in 1 final. Svitolina is clearly the more established player but Sasnovich has defied the odds all week, can the Belarusian defy the odds one last time and complete here fairy tale run in Brisbane?

Embed from Getty Images

Elina Svitolina produced a superb performance to confirm her spot in Saturday’s final at the Brisbane International. Svitolina ended the run of defending champion Karolina Pliskova with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 victory. The world number 6 entered the match with a 1-5 head-to-head record against Pliskova and quickly found herself down 0-4. From there, it was all Svitolina. The Ukrainian displayed her improved attacking game whilst also showing her trademark speed and determination. Svitolina out-aced Pliskova and was all over the Czech’s serve, breaking Pliskova 6 times. Svitolina also claimed wins over Carla Suarez Navarro, Ana Konjuh and Johanna Konta on route to the final.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich has had the best week of her career. The 23-year-old Belarussian has won 7 matches in Brisbane having started the week battling her way through the qualifying draw. Sasnovich has done things the hard way winning 4 consecutive matches from a set down between her last qualifying match and the quarter-finals. Sasnovich produced her most consistent performance in Friday’s semi-final to claim an upset 7-6 6-4 win over an in-form Anastasija Sevastova. Sasnovich has never reached a premier level final, having only ever competed in 1 final. Clearly, Saturday’s match is by the far the biggest of Sasnovich’s career.

This will be the first career meeting between Svitolina and Sasnovich. Two 23-year-old’s but with vastly different levels of experience on the big stage.

Become a WTAAddict premium subscriber to view exclusive content. Join Here

Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta, Brisbane QF Preview

Brisbane International, Quarter-Final Preview
🇺🇦 (3) Elina Svitolina vs 🇬🇧 (5) Johanna Konta

The pick of the quarter-final matches at the Brisbane International sees Elina Svitolina take on Johanna Konta, the first all top 10 battle of the 2018 season. Elina Svitolina has won both of the previous meetings between the pair, Konta will be keen to reverse that trend. Konta has made a gutsy run to the final 8 in Brisbane, coming from a set down in both of her opening matches. Konta will need a much more consistent performance if she is to be successful against Svitolina.

Embed from Getty Images

Elina Svitolina has made a superb start to her 2018 campaign in Brisbane. Svitolina started the event with a 6-2 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro before clinically disposing of the always-dangerous Ana Konjuh with little fuss, winning 6-3 6-1. Svitolina is one of several serious contenders looking to claim her maiden Grand Slam title in 2018.

Johanna Konta is another player in the mix for a maiden Grand Slam title. The British number 1 ended 2017 in poor form but has displayed signs of her old self in a couple of hard-fought victories to start the year. Konta was dealt a brutal first round draw against Madison Keys. Konta came through that match with flying colours, winning 4-6 6-4 6-3 after a tough start. Konta again found herself a set down in her second round match against Ajla Tomljanovic. Konta played an awful first set but gradually improved enough to record a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win.

As mentioned above, it is Svitolina who holds a 2-0 record over Konta. The most recent match between the pair took place in Zhuhai in 2016, Svitolina claimed a 2-6 6-1 6-4 victory. Can Konta reverse the trend and claim her first career win over Svitolina or will the Ukrainian be too strong?

Elina Svitolina vs Ana Konjuh, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
(3) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh

A blockbuster second round encounter at the Brisbane International on Tuesday sees the third seeded Elina Svitolina come up against 20-year-old rising star Ana Konjuh. Svitolina and Konjuh both rolled through their opening round matches in Brisbane in straight sets, both will head into this match with confidence and eager to test their level against quality opposition at the start of the new year.

Embed from Getty Images

Svitolina showcased her new aggressive approach in her 6-2 6-4 opening round victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. Svitolina finished the straight set victory with a whopping 36 winners which included 10 aces. At the business end of the second set, it was Svitolina’s willingness to be aggressive, going for her shots down the line that got her over the edge. Svitolina’s aggressive nature will be better tested against Konjuh, it will be tougher for the Ukrainian to dictate against Konjuh compared to against Suarez Navarro.

Ana Konjuh ended 2017 on unfortunate circumstances, 4 consecutive losses in North America and side-lined from the Asian swing due to injury. Konjuh showed little signs of rust in her opening match of the year at the Brisbane International, Konjuh rocketed past Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2. Critically, Konjuh saved all 6 break points that she faced throughout the match. Konjuh will need to bring a similar level to the court if she is to have a chance against Svitolina.

The head-to-head record Is split at 1 win apiece. However, most recently it was not an affair contest as Svitolina smashed Konjuh 6-1 6-1 at the quarter-final stage in Moscow in 2016.

Simona Halep vs Elina Svitolina, Singapore Red Group Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: 🔴 Red Group: (1) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (4) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina

The Final semi-final spot in the red group will be up for grabs when world number 1, Simona Halep comes up against Elina Svitolina in Singapore on Friday evening. Caroline Wozniacki is assured of one of the spots in the semi-finals from the red group after winning her first two matches in straight sets.

Simona Halep enters this clash with a 1/1 win/loss record in the red group whilst Elina Svitolina has disappointingly lost her opening two group matches. Simona Halep’s destiny is in her own hands heading into this match, if she wins she will finish second in the group and advance to the semi-final stage, regardless of the result in the previous match between Wozniacki and Garcia.

Despite losing her first two matches, Svitolina is still a slim chance to qualify for the semi-finals, Svitolina needs to beat Halep in straight sets, but also needs Caroline Wozniacki to have beaten Caroline Garcia prior to this match, a result that seems likely. Svitolina will enter this match with some confidence given her good record against Halep, Svitolina leads the head-to-head 2-1 and held match point in the match she lost to the Romanian at Roland Garros earlier this year.

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'hXMLPOiFStVl9L9OyqquHQ',sig:'D8qj2qJEWhAHwhQWSvi8kGnYXCYFbxAor6HkrbGiWh8=',w:'594px',h:'383px',items:'866202730,865394582,866197272,866203322',caption: true ,tld:'com.au',is360: false })}); Continue reading "Simona Halep vs Elina Svitolina, Singapore Red Group Preview"

Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Garcia, Singapore Red Group Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: 🔴 Red Group: (4) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (8) 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia

Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia will be desperate to make amends for their disappointing first up loses in Singapore when the pair collide in Wednesday’s second match from the red group. Whilst the tournament is not over for either of these two, It’s virtually do or die for Svitolina and Garcia in this crucial red group match. The head-to-head record between these two is split at 1 win apiece, most recently the two contested an epic at the quarter-final stage in Beijing, Garcia saved match point before eventually winning in a final set tiebreak. The contrast in styles between these two should make for another fascinating clash on Wednesday night in Singapore, who will prevail this time around?

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'meApXUG4Qi59twslCaWtFQ',sig:'Xj9AXkBbZYzHQ6Zx8ReFx3RjGXZmmxiVLB0o6Ta2on8=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'865404702,865409176,865396860,865404672',caption: true ,tld:'com.au',is360: false })}); Continue reading "Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Garcia, Singapore Red Group Preview"

Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Wozniacki, Singapore Red Group Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
RR: 🔴 Red Group: (4) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki will be in search of her first victory over Elina Svitolina when they pair go head-to-head in Monday’s second match from the red group. Svitolina holds a perfect 3-0 record over Wozniacki and has comfortably defeated the Dane in straight sets in their two previous matches in 2017. However, it was Wozniacki who generally showed the better form during the Asian swing, most notably her title run in Tokyo. Wozniacki will be extra determined heading into this match given her previous troubles against Svitolina, can the Dane finally have some success in this match-up on Monday in Singapore?

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'MzXl2E69QABVmyWq0EC_nw',sig:'ygroHmxz0y0EXS6kRIOZ9OLWR4j5gtMiYgf9jyZV1nc=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'856209580,856209554,856209584,856210514',caption: true ,tld:'com.au',is360: false })}); Continue reading "Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Wozniacki, Singapore Red Group Preview"

Elina Svitolina vs Nicole Gibbs, Hong Kong R2 Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R2: (1/wc) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇺🇸 Nicole Gibbs

The top seeded Elina Svitolina will continue her quest for a 6th WTA title in 2017 when she comes up against America’s Nicole Gibbs at the second round stage in Hong Kong on Thursday. Svitolina was somewhat unconvincing in her Hong Kong debut on Tuesday night as she defeated Zarina Diyas in a few tight sets. Svitolina received treatment for her right thigh during the match. The Ukrainian has won both of the previous matches the pair, both on a hard court and both in straight sets, more of the same seems likely here.

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'7S4AvROWTNFLhmQeIM6kcQ',sig:'o8Vz6_4ymR4kKYAxqqsVCBcKP5zdAXl76G25WtjiKuI=',w:'594px',h:'395px',items:'859836392,859836408,859836336,859836360',caption: true ,tld:'com.au',is360: false })});

Continue reading "Elina Svitolina vs Nicole Gibbs, Hong Kong R2 Preview"