Elina Svitolina vs Ajla Tomljanovic
Perhaps the most intriguing match on Tuesday at the Brisbane International sees rising stars Ajla Tomljanovic and Elina Svitolina battle it out on Pat Rafter Arena.
Tomljanovic caused the biggest upset of the tournament in the opening round, defeating Jelena Jankovic 7-6 6-0. Jankovic was certainly not at her best, however credit has to go to Tomljanovic who played extremely well. The youngsters extreme power was on display, especially on the backhand wing.
Tomljanovic also showed maturity beyond her age in a tight opening set, she brushed off the disappointment of wasting numerous set point chances to take set in a tiebreaker.
Svitolina ended 2014 in impressive form, consistently achieving good results. She began 2015 In similar form. Svitolina was impressive in her opening round victory in Brisbane , a dominant 6-0 6-2 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova.
Svitolina won their only previous encounter, a tight three set win at Indian Wells back in 2013.
This promises to be an excellent battle between two of the games best young talents. I think Tomljanovic will get the job done here. Ajla will bring heaps of confidence and belief into this match, she seems to be very comfortable with the conditions in her new hometown.
Prediction: Ajla Tomljanovic to defeat Elina Svitolina in three sets