Elina Svitolina vs Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 1, R1 Match Preview:
(4) ?? Elina Svitolina vs ?? Ashleigh Barty

A Fascinating opening round clash from SW19 sees the fourth seeded Elina Svitolina take on an in-form Ashleigh Barty. This match promises to be much closer than current rankings suggest. Svitolina has a poor 5-11 lifetime record on grass and has never made It past the second round at Wimbledon, clearly grass is Svitolina’s least preferred surface. On the other hand, Barty thrives on this surface and brings good form into the event having made the final in Birmingham.

Elina Svitolina will have a new type of pressure on her heading into Wimbledon given she is a top four seed for the very first time at a Grand Slam. However, Svitolina will also feel she doesn’t have much to lose this tournament given she has never made It past the second round at SW19. Svitolina had a superb clay court season highlighted by claiming the title in Rome and making the quarter-finals in Paris. On grass, Svitolina played one tournament prior to Wimbledon where she was eliminated by Camila Giorgi in the second round in Birmingham. Svitolina has been practicing at Wimbledon for over a week and will be ready to go.

Ashleigh Barty arrives at SW19 with much more confidence given her results on the surface in the past few weeks. Barty played two events in the lead-up to Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-finals in Nottingham and the final in Birmingham. Barty will take great confidence from her run to the final in Birmingham where she beat quality players such as Barbora Strycova and Garbine Muguruza.


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The only previous match between the pair took place earlier this year in Fed Cup action. Svitolina claimed a 4-6 6-1 6-2 win on a hard court.

Form on this surface suggests that Barty has a good chance of causing an upset here. However, I’m going to stick with a determined Svitolina who is constantly improving. It is true that Svitolina has struggled on grass but there is no reason why she can’t perform well on the surface. Svitolina’s consistency, ability to counter-punch and superior mental strength should see her edge through a tough opening challenge.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Ashleigh Barty in 2 sets

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