Madrid R2: (4) Ana Ivanovic vs Elina Svitolina
Ana Ivanovic and Elina Svitolina will do battle in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday in what promises to be fascinating encounter.
Ana Ivanovic is in the midst of a concerning form slump. The serb suffered a first up loss in Stuttgart, defeated by Caroline Garcia in straight sets and was far from convincing in her first up victory in Madrid. Ivanovic lost the first set against Alexandra Dulgheru and came extremely close to a straight set loss. The Romanian served for the match in the second set but was eventually forced to retire in the third set due to severe cramps.
Elina Svitolina continues to climb up the WTA rankings and arrives in Madrid full of confidence after claiming her first title of the year in Marrakech. Elina had little time to adjust to the conditions in Madrid but had no trouble in her opening round match on Sunday, brushing aside Daniela Hantuchova to record a comprehensive 6-0 6-3 victory. Elina thrives on confidence and loves a challenge, she will fancy her chances against Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday despite the lopsided head to head record.
Ana Ivanovic has a perfect 5-0 head to head record over Elina Sivtolina, including a 7-5 6-2 victory at Roland Garros last year.
Ivanovic is currently some distance from her best and will be tested against the determined and consistent youngster. Elina Svitolina is the form player heading into this match, the Ukrainian has already played a couple of tournaments on clay and looks set to cause an upset on Tuesday.
Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Ana Ivanovic in 3 sets