Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview
?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? Carla Suarez Navarro
One of the standout second round matches at the Mutua Madrid Open sees the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina take on Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. This has historically been a very even match-up, the H2H series between the pair reflects this, a 3-3 H2H record. Svitolina will enter this clash eager for revenge after Suarez Navarro shocked the Ukrainian in their most recent match, a straight set win for the Spaniard at the third round stage at Indian Wells. Can Suarez Navarro cause Svitolina more grief in front of her home fans in the Spanish capital?
Svitolina and Suarez Navarro both cruised through their opening round matches in Madrid against decent opposition. Svitolina defeated Alize Cornet 6-2 6-2 whilst Suarez Navarro beat Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-3. Cornet and Strycova are both solid opposition meaning both Svitolina and Suarez Navarro have started this tournament in good form. Expect another tough battle between two of the tour’s greatest competitors.
The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 3 win apiece heading into this match. Surprisingly it is Suarez Navarro who has won 2 of their last 3 matches. In 2018 the pair have met on 2 occasions, a 6-2 6-4 win for Svitolina in Brisbane and more recently a 7-5 6-3 win for Suarez Navarro in Indian wells.