Svitolina vs. Ivanovic
|Date & Time||Saturday May 28, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Ana Ivanovic and Elina Svitolina square off early in the third round of the 2016 French Open.
Ana Ivanovic is coming off a straight sets win over Kurumi Nara that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Ivanovic won 70 percent of her first serve points and 61 percent of her second serve points. Ivanovic had a much cleaner match in her second round and has now racked up 80 winners in her first two matches overall. Ivanovic is getting at least 62 percent of her first serves in play, a percentage that must stay that high in order to make a deeper run this tournament. Ivanovic has the potential to be deadly when she’s looking for offense and is hitting shots across the court. Ivanovic looks to reach her third fourth round appearance in a grand slam since the 2014 season.
Elina Svitolina is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Townsend that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Svitolina won 78 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina has lost just seven games this tournament and has just 22 unforced errors. Svitolina is winning no less than 78 percent of her first serve points and has racked up 43 winners this tournament. Svitolina continues to turn heads with her extremely impressive play and is showing why she’s a legit top-20 player at just 21 years old. Svitolina has made the fourth round of a grand slam just once in her career, which was last years French Open.
These two have played seven times in the past, and Ivanovic won all seven meetings, six of which in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2015 French Open, a match in which Ivanovic won in 17 games. This will be the fourth meeting on clay.
I really like what I see from Svitolina, and think she’s going to make us a lot of money the next several years. However, Ivanovic is by far the best player Svitolina has seen this tournament and you can’t ignore the glaring head to head numbers. In seven matches Svitolina has won just one set.
I have to go with Ivanovic in the victory.