Brisbane International, Final Prediction
(3) ?? Elina Svitolina vs (Q) ?? Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Elina Svitolina is a huge favourite heading into this match. Svitolina knows how to win titles, in 2017, Svitolina won 5 titles which was more than any other player on tour. Furthermore, in 2017 Svitolina had the greatest winning percentage on hard courts. Svitolina will push back into the top 5 after this week and is clearly one of the best players in the world right now. Conversely, Sasnovich has only ever played in 1 final and is yet to win a title, Ranked 88 heading into this event, Sasnovich is easily having the best week of her career, can she defy the odds 1 last time?
I have to pick Svitolina here. I think Svitolina will win this quite comfortably. Svitolina is primed to perform at her best in this final after a couple of quality matches against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova, two of the best players In the world. Conversely, Sasnovich must be fatigued having already played 7 matches this week, 4 of which went the distance. Sasnovich’s run must come to and end.
Nerves will be a big factor, Sasnovich has never played in such a match whilst for Svitolina this is really just another match. I don’t think Sasnovich ahs the weapons to trouble Svitolina. The Ukrainian has a superior return of serve and a superior server and superior power and consistency from the baseline. Expect a comfortable win for Svitolina.