??? Internationaux de Strasbourg – FINAL preview + prediction
?? (2) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (5) Elena Rybakina
Elina Svitolina and Elena Rybakina will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet in Saturday’s championship match at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Svitolina will be playing for her 15th WTA singles title, her second of 2020, whilst Rybakina will also be playing for her second title of the season and third overall.
It has been an important week for both Svitolina and Rybakina, both were in good form before the tour shutdown, but both had previously struggled to recapture that form prior to Strasbourg. Rybakina is yet to drop a set this week, storming into her fifth final of the season, whilst Svitolina has beaten 3 tricky opponents to reach her second final of the season.
Pathway to the championship match: (Svitolina)
R2: def. Magda Linette 7-6 7-5
QF: def. Jill Teichmann 6-4 6-3
SF: def. (4) Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 4-6 6-4
Pathway to the championship match: (Rybakina)
R1: def. Greet Minnen 7-5 6-4
R2: def. Alize Cornet 6-3 7-6
QF: def. Shuai Zhang 6-3 6-2
SF: def. Nao Hibino 6-3 6-4
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first meeting between the pair. I’m going to side with Svitolina here. Firstly, I believe the surface suits Svitolina in this match-up, Svitolina will have more time to handle the power of Rybakina and get herself into more extended rallies where she should have the edge. Svitolina has the greater stamina and mental strength under pressure. Secondly, I suspect Svitolina will handle the occasion better, Svitolina knows how to get the job done in finals, the same hasn’t been true of Rybakina who has lost 3 of 4 finals this year. Svitolina has also had the tougher draw and will benefit from playing and defeating Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round, a similar type of opponent to Rybakina. The world number 5 should be too solid.
Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Elena Rybakina in 2 sets