Karolína Plíšková vs Elina Svitolina
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 23, 2018, 8:45 AM (EDT)|
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Karolína Plíšková will play Elina Svitolina in the second round of matches at the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore.
Elina Svitolina won her opening round match in straight sets against Petra Kvitova. It was a very dominating performance by Svitolina as she won 4 return games while only losing 1 service game in the entire match. Svitolina’s return game was the most impressive component of her win as she won 50% of the points played during Kvitova’s serve. This is Elina Svitolina’s second appearance at the WTA Finals after she qualified last season only to be eliminated in the opening round. With the experience from 12 months ago, Elina Svitolina looks like a much more comfortable at this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Karolína Plíšková beat reigning champion, Caroline Wozniacki, in the opening round. Karolína Plíšková won in straight sets as she won all of her service games while breaking Wozniacki’s serve on 3 occasions. It was impressive watching Karolína Plíšková serve as she won over 66% of the points played during her service games. Prior to this tournament, Karolína Plíšková had a very good run of form as she won the Pan Pacific Open and finished second at the Tianjin Open. Karolína Plíšková has an amazing record at the WTA Finals as she made the semifinals of the tournament 12 months ago. With form on her side, Karolína Plíšková will hope to make it further this time around.
Karolína Plíšková and Elina Svitolina have played 7 times in the past. In those 7 matches, Karolína Plíšková has won 4 times while Elina Svitolina has won 3 times. The most recent match was at the Brisbane International this season where Elina Svitolina won in straight sets.
This should be a close match between Karolína Plíšková and Elina Svitolina as the winner will secure a spot in the semifinals. Both players are among the best in the world but I am going to pick Elina Svitolina to win. Svitolina has won the last two times these players have met and with a much lighter schedule leading up to this tournament, she will be the fresher player. Having won her opening match with ease, I see Elina Svitolina winning a securing a spot in the semifinals.