Karolína Muchová vs Elina Svitolina
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
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The number 4 seed from Ukraine, Elina Svitolina has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Qatar Open in Doha. At this stage of the tournament, Svitolina is set to play against Karolína Muchová from the Czech Republic.
Karolína Muchová won her previous match in straight sets as she beat Hsieh su-wei in straight sets. During the win, Karolína Muchová returned serve very strongly as she won 48% of the points played during her opponent’s service games. Karolína Muchová won 4 return games which ensured she had a comfortable lock on the match. In addition to her returning, Muchová also served well as she won 89% of her service games. Karolína Muchová is a very young player and while she has performed well at this event, it will be hard for her to compete against a more experienced and accomplished opponent in the form of Elina Svitolina.
On the other side of the court, Elina Svitolina also won her previous match in straight sets. Svitolina was dominant during her victory as she won 70% of her service games while breaking her opponents serve on 5 occasions. The win was very impressive as Svitolina beat a former Grand Slam winner in Jeļena Ostapenko. Svitolina has looked in very good form this season as she played well at the Australian Open prior to this tournament.
This is set to be the first time that Karolína Muchová and Elina Svitolina will be playing each other at an ATP event.
Karolína Muchová has played well in this tournament but I see her losing this match. Elina Svitolina is a stronger player and she has much more experience playing in big matches. Svitolina looks in very strong form and considering her recent results, she will be very confident. With all that taken into consideration, I am picking Elina Svitolina to win this match.