Barbora Strycova vs. Elena Rybakina
|Date & Time||Friday April 26, 2019, 4:00 AM (EDT)|
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Barbora Strycova and Elena Rybakina meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Istanbul Cup.
Barbora Strycova is coming off a three sets win over Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 58 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Strycova won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 12 break points. Strycova has now won both matches in three sets, a much needed relief for a player who entered this tournament with losses in four of her previous five matches. Strycova can clean up the combined 11 double faults, but she’s winning the big pressure points, which is a key difference from when she was piling up the losses. Strycova has a chance to win three straight matches for the first time since making the semifinal in Birmingham back in June. Strycova has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
Elena Rybakina is coming off a straight sets win over Pauline Parmentier that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Rybakina won 81 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Rybakina won 74 percent of her total service points and converted on all 12 of her break points. Rybakina completely dominated her performance against a top-60 player, which included winning seven of her first nine games. Rybakina is still trying to get comfortable on the main stage at just 19 years old, but she’s clearly showing signs of growth these last few weeks and could be somebody to keep a close eye on moving forward. Rybakina has now won 10 of her last 13 matches if you include an ITF title and qualifying for this tournament. Rybakina has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these players.
Strycova is starting to break out of her funk with these hard fought victories, and this is a more than favorable match for her to reach the semifinals. Rybakina just doesn’t have the experience or consistent track record on the main tour to be trustworthy in a match like this. Rybakina can still have issues with her serve and giving away that many break points eventually take its toll.
Strycova should win this match.