Elina Svitolina vs Francesca Schiavone, Wimbledon R2 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 3, R2 Match Preview:
(4) ?? Elina Svitolina vs ?? Francesca Schiavone

Elina Svitolina will be looking to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the very first time when she comes up against Francesca Schiavone in second round action at SW19 on Wednesday. Svitolina made an impressive start to her 2017 Wimbledon campaign on Monday, navigating her way past Ashleigh Barty in straight sets in what loomed as a real danger match for Svitolina so early in the tournament. Schiavone also got off to an impressive start by smashing Mandy Minella and will relish the opportunity to take on the 4th seed. 

Elina Svitolina claimed what was arguably her best ever victory on a grass court to advance to the second round at Wimbledon. Svitolina may be the 4th seed at SW19 but she entered the tournament with a 6/11 win/loss record on the surface and having never gone past the second round. Grass is Svitolina’s least preferred surface but she showed good signs of improvement on Monday as she fought past an in-form Ashleigh Barty 7-5 7-6. Svitolina was great under pressure in each and showed a willingness to be more aggressive. Schiavone’s first round win was much more comfortable, a 6-1 6-1 win over Mandy Minella in just under an hour. 

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The only previous match between Svitolina and Schiavone took place in Baku in 2014, Svitolina won in three sets. I think Svitolina will again get the better of Schiavone here. Neither player is particularly at their best on grass, perhaps Schiavone is slightly more confident on the surface. Nevertheless, Svitolina is constantly improving and at this stage of their respective careers should be too good for Schiavone thanks to her superior movement and consistency from the baseline.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Francesca Schiavone in 2 sets

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