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?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (26) Daria Gavrilova
Elina Svitolina claimed a statement victory to begin her Miami Open campaign as she defeated a red-hot Naomi Osaka. Svitolina will be back in action on Sunday as she comes up against the 26th seeded Daria Gavrilova in the third round of the Miami Open. Svitolina and Gavrilova are two of the quickest players on tour and two of the greatest competitors, expect a lot of long rallies in this one.
Svitolina and Gavrilova both received byes through the opening round in Miami. Svitolina started her campaign with an impressive 6-4 6-2 win over Naomi Osaka, a near-flawless performance from Svitolina as she looks to rebound from a disappointing 4th round exit in Indian Wells. Gavrilova secured her spot in the third round with a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic. An important win for Gavrilova over a confident opponent.
Svitolina and Gavrilova are familiar foes. The Pair have met on 6 previous occasions at the tour level, Svitolina currently holds a 4-2 H2H advantage over the Aussie. Svitolina has won the last 3 matches between the pair, all on a hard court. The most recent match between the pair took place at Indian Wells last year, Svitolina claimed a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory.