Elina Svitolina vs Daria Gavrilova, Indian Wells R3 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, ??? Indian Wells, R3 Match Preview
(10) ?? Elina Svitolina vs (24) ?? Daria Gavrilova

Elina Svitolina and Daria Gavrilova will renew hostilities on Sunday when they meet at the third round stage at the BNP Paribas Open. Svitolina and Gavrilova have played four times in the past year and a bit, splitting those four meetings, two wins apiece. Svitolina has been one of the most consistent performers in 2017, already claiming two titles and will be aiming for more success in the Californian desert, on a surface that should suit her game. The conditions are also good for Gavrilova, expect a lot of long rallies in this one.

Elina Svitolina was forced to work extremely hard for her opening round victory at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The tenth seed was forced to come from a set down to overcome Qiang Wang, ultimately grinding her way to a 3-6 6-3 7-6 victory. Svitolina has the largest winning streak of any player on tour at the moment, having won her last 14 completed matches which includes title in Taipei City and Dubai.

Daria Gavrilova advanced to the third round in Indian thanks to a hard-fought 6-2 7-6 win over the dangerous Yanina Wickmayer. Gavrilova hasn’t quite reached her top form in 2017 and after a couple of weeks off from the tour will be looking for a big month in Indian Wells and Miami at a time of the year where she has played quite well in the past.

Elina Svitolina holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Daria Gavrilova and has won the last two matches between the two. Svitolina beat Gavrilova 7-6 6-1 in Beijing last year and 6-3 6-2 in Fed Cup action just last month. In theory, this is a very close match-up, there is very little to separate the pair. Svitolina and Gavrilova are two of the best movers on tour, perhaps even the two best. The key difference these days is that Svitolina is tougher in key moments, winning is a habit for Svitolina whilst Gavrilova is still prone to being shaky in important moments in matches. That will probably be the difference again here, Svitolina will generally be too good for Gavrilova at the moment.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Daria Gavrilova in 3 sets

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