??? BNPPO19, Indian Wells – SF Prediction
?? (6) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (wc) Bianca Andreescu
There may be over 50 rankings spots between them, but the bookmakers are struggling to split Elina Svitolina and Bianca Andreescu heading into their semi-final clash at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday evening. Andreescu is a roll, the 18-year old has already amassed 26 match wins in 2019, more than any other player on tour. However, Svitolina does head into this match as a slight favourite, the Ukrainian has consistently fought through tough situations this tournament and is always one of the hardest players on tour to defeat.
I’m going to side with Svitolina here. I think the experience and mental toughness of Svitolina will be key in this match-up. This is certainly the biggest match of Andreescu’s career so it will be interesting to see how she handles the occasion. Conversely, Svitolina has been on these stages regularly, this is a very important match for Svitolina who has regularly lost at this stage of bigger events in the past. Svitolina needs to win this match, she needs to win a big tournament. I think Svitolina’s consistency from the baseline, greater determination and superior movement and athleticism will be enough to eventually get here over the line in this match.