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?
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.