Elina Svitolina vs Venus Williams, Toronto R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, ???? R3 Match Preview + Prediction
(5) ?? Elina Svitolina vs (9) ?? Venus Williams

A fascinating third round clash at the Rogers Cup on Thursday sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take the 9th seeded Venus Williams. Svitolina and Williams have been two of the most consistent players throughout 2017 and have often been involved at the business end of the biggest events this year. This will be just the second match between the pair, interestingly it was Venus who won their only previous match, a straight set win on clay in 2015. This should be an extremely close, hard-fought match between two contrasting types of opponents, it will be impressive to see which styles wins out on this occasion.

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Elina Svitolina received a bye into the second round in Toronto where she claimed a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 win over Daria Kasatkina. Venus Williams faced a strong test in her opening round match at the Rogers Cup, Venus just squeezed past Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1 3-6 6-3. In the second round, Venus produced a more consistent performance as she defeated Katerina Siniakova 7-5 7-5 on Wednesday to secure her place in the third round.

Both Svitolina and Venus are playing with great confidence at the moment, both playing at a high level. I’m going to give the edge to Svitolina here. The Ukrainian should eventually be able to ware Venus down from the baseline. Svitolina has added much more power and aggression to her game and that will be very helpful here. Svitolina’s superb defensive skills will frustrate Venus, whilst Svitolina is also able to step and be aggressive when she needs to be, I therefore think Svitolina will ultimately outlast Venus here.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Venus Williams in 3 sets


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0 responses to “Elina Svitolina vs Venus Williams, Toronto R3 Preview”

  1. Wtaaddict,

    Who wins in the 2nd Semi-finals?

    Elina Svitolina OR Simona Halep?

    I am leaning towards Svitolina as she is the better hard court player. Svito has 16/5 W/L Rec compared to 10/5 for halep.
    Besides Halep got a very easy draw (Magdalena, Strycovs and Garcia) so far. So fa herr three 2-0 win’s makes her look good.
    But Svito has gotten thru a killer draw of Kasatkina, Venus Williams and Mugurza. Only a strong player can beat these killers!

    Svito has good court movement herself to negate Halep’s movement advantage.

    Finally Svitolina has the physical advantage to hit thru Halep or outserve her etc.

    I may be biased towards Svitolina, hence need your logical opinion and pick.

    This match starts at 6.05 PM EST.

    Eagerly awaiting your quick reply.

    • Sorry, i didn’t respond in time, but I did suspect Svitolina would win. Looks like you predicted it just right, Svitolina was far too good!

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