Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Prediction
?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? Carla Suarez Navarro
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This is seemingly a fairly even match-up. Svitolina and Suarez Navarro are both primarily counter-punchers, both have outstanding movement and defensive ability. The difference is that Svitolina has slightly more firepower and lately she has become a more aggressive player, whilst Suarez Navarro has better touch, especially up at the net. Both are most comfortable on a clay court. The level 3-3 H2H record between the pair reflects the evenness.
I’m going to side with Svitolina here. Whilst this may seem like an even match-up, it is actually a match-up where Svitolina should be winning more often than not. Svitolina’s greater firepower is the critical difference here. Svitolina can match Suarez Navarro’s movement and defensive skills, actually she can better them. Whilst Svitolina’s greater ability to dictate from the baseline and heavier serve give her the edge. The quick clay courts in Madrid should be a good surface for Svitolina. Expect her to win here but Suarez Navarro will be no pushover.