Anastasija Sevastova vs. Elina Svitolina
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 5:00 AM (National Tennis Center)
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At the 2019 WTA Beijing Open, Ukrainian tennis superstar Elina Svitolina will play in the opening round where she will face Anastasija Sevastova from Latvia.
Anastasija Sevastova last played at the Wuhan Open where she was eliminated in the opening round. Following her title win at the Baltic Open, it has been tough for Sevastova as she failed to win a single match at tournaments like the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters. Anastasija Sevastova was eliminated by Petra Martic in the third round of the US Open. Returning to Beijing should be a boost for Anastasija Sevastova as she made the final of this tournament last season. That being said, this is expected to be a tough match for Sevastova as she is playing against the number 3 seed.
As far as tennis is concerned, things have been outstanding for Elina Svitolina. Svitolina has had a decent start to the Asian season as she made the quarterfinals of both the Guangzhou Open and Wuhan Open. It has been a supreme few months for Elina Svitolina as she had an outstanding North American leg prior to arriving in Asia. In North American, Elina Svitolina reached the semifinals of the US Open while making the quarterfinals of the Silicon Valley Classic and Rogers Cup. At the age of 25, Elina Svitolina is reaching greater heights in her career as she has significantly improved her consistency this season which has allowed her to have big results at major tournaments. Svitolina made the semifinals of the China Open in 2016 so she should enjoy playing at this event.
Elina Svitolina and Anastasija Sevastova have played each other two times in the past with both players winning on one occasion. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the US Open where Anastasija Sevastova won in 3 sets.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Elina Svitolina to win this match. Svitolina has been playing well over the past few months and she is playing against Sevastova who has struggled since the start of the North American leg. Elina Svitolina is the stronger player and I see her being good enough to win this match and secure a spot in the second round.