???? US OPEN, R4 match preview
?? (5) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (10) Madison Keys
A blockbuster round of 16 clash at the US Open sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take on the 10th seeded Madison Keys. This is a huge match for both women, Svitolina and Keys are two of the most accomplished players on tour yet to win a Grand Slam, both have what it takes to go all the way. Keys holds a slight 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Svitolina but it was the Ukrainian who came out on top in their most recent match earlier this year, who will prevail in this critical meeting at Flushing Meadows?
Elina Svitolina has cruised through the first week in New York. Svitolina booked her spot in the fourth round with straight set wins over Whitney Osuigwe, Venus Williams and Dayan Yastremska. Importantly Svitolina has played 3 big-hitters so she is very much prepared to face Keys, granted Keys will be her toughest test yet.
Madison Keys is one of the form players on tour right now. Keys is on a 9-match winning streak having arrived in New York fresh from winning the title in Cincinnati. Keys moved through the first week in New York without dropping a set, straight set wins over Misaki Doi, Lin Zhu and Sofia Kenin saw her through to the round of 16. The bad news for Keys is that she was struggling physically during her 6-3 7-5 win over Sofia Kenin, it’s hard to know what to expect from Keys in the next round.
Madison Keys has won 2 of the 3 meetings between the pair, one of which was via retirement. Keys defeated Svitolina at the US Open in 2017, a 3 set victory. Most recently it was Svitolina who prevailed 6-2 1-6 6-1 at the round of 16 stage at the Australian Open earlier this year.
I’m going to side with Svitolina here. Svitolina has cruised through her 3 matches and seems to be in perfect shape heading into the second week of the tournament. Keys may be on a 9-match winning streak but it seems this is where her run comes to an end, Keys was suffering physically in her latest match and seems due for a bad match. This is a bad matchup for Keys, the American generally struggles against the best counter-punchers on tour, Svitolina falls into this category. I don’t think Keys will be able to produce a clinical enough performance to get the better of a rock-solid Svitolina.