Elina Svitolina vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Birmingham QF Prediction

?? Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham QF Prediction
?? (2/wc) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? Mihaela Buzarnescu

This is a fascinating match-up given Buzarnescu claimed a huge upset win over Svitolina at Roland Garros a few weeks ago. The Romanian has already showed she is decent on grass having now reached back-to-back quarter-finals on grass, conversely Svitolina has consistently shown that she is vulnerable on grass.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Nevertheless, I’m going to side with Svitolina here. The Ukrainian is arguably the greatest competitor on tour and would have been devastated by her loss to Buzarnescu in Paris, I expect her to come out firing here. Svitolina played well in her second round straight set win over Cornet, she is a much more aggressive player these days and that means she can be more dangerous on grass. I expect Svitolina to be too strong here, she is simply more solid on all area’s and will be keen to do well here, I don’t see her losing to Buzarnescu twice in a row, regardless of the surface.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Mihaela Buzarnescu in 3 sets