Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko, Miami QF Prediction

Miami Open, ????? QF Prediction
?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (5) Jelena Ostapenko

I’m going to side with Svitolina here but I am wary of the threat that is posed by Ostapenko. Ostapenko is very dangerous when she reaches this stage of a big event, the Latvian actually has a much better record than Svitolina at this stage of the biggest tournaments in the last 12 months. Nevertheless, I think Svitolina will be too solid for Ostapenko in Miami on this fairly slow hard court. I think Svitolina is much improved since their last meeting, Svitolina is now a much more aggressive player and has dramatically improved the quality of her serve. Despite Ostapenko’s improved results this event I still think she is very vulnerable against a player like Svitolina right now, Ostapenko doesn’t have the consistency to beat Svitolina on this surface. Svitolina’s serve is more reliable right now and she is more consistent from the baseline and more stable mentally.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Jelena Ostapenko in 2 sets