Indian Wells R4: (23) Elina Svitolina vs (27) Timea Bacsinszky
A rare opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of a premier mandatory event presents itself to Elina Svitolina and Timea Bacsinszky on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open. Both ladies produced upset victories in the third round to advance to the fourth round, leaving the draw upon for one these two competitors to make a rare deep run at a premier mandatory event.
Timea Bacsinszky stunning run has continued in the Californian desert, after winning back to back titles in Mexico, Timea has extended her winning streak to 14 matches. Timea reached the fourth round with a stunning 3-6 7-5 6-4 come from behind victory over Ekaterina Makarova.
Bacsinszky looked down and out several times during the match. Timea found herself down a double break in the final set but rallied to win 5 of the last 6 times in the match. The comeback was largely due to Makarova throwing the match away with a very high number of unforced errors rather than Bacsinszky playing incredible tennis.
After a hard fought come from behind victory over Alison Van Uytvanck in the second round, Elina Svitolina advanced to the fourth round courtesy of an impressive 7-6 7-5 victory over Lucie Safarova. Svitolina’s victory over the in from Czech was the biggest victory of the year for the Ukrainian and one of the best of her career thus far.
Svitolina played a very solid match, forcing Safarova to hit a high number of errors. Elina played well at the later end of each set, showing maturity beyond her years to comfortably close out the match against a quality opponent.
This will be the first career meeting between Elina and Timea. An interesting matchup between two solid baseline players. Both ladies pride themselves on giving very little away, a very physical match is to be expected.
Given the extraordinary amount of tennis Timea has played over the last month, Elina Svitolina has to be the favourite heading into this match. Six out of Timea’s last seven victories have gone the distance, including two tough three set victories this week.
There is no doubt that Svitolina will be up for this match, the Ukrainian will be ready to run every single ball down and will give Timea very little free points. I don’t think Timea has it in her to hit through Svitolina often enough to keep her winning streak going.
Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 2 sets