Kateryna Kozlova vs. Elina Svitolina
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
K. Kozlova +275 / E. Svitolina -350
Ukrainian tennis superstar, Elina Svitolina has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA French Open. At this stage of the tournament, Elina Svitolina will compete against Kateryna Kozlova who is also from Ukraine.
Kateryna Kozlova played a solid match in the opening round as she won in straight sets. It was a strong start by Kozlova as she won the opening set 6-2 after which she fought hard to win the second set via a tiebreaker. During the win, Kozlova served well as she won over 60% of her service points which led her to win 80% of her service games. Kateryna Kozlova also received serve well as she won 4 break points. Kozlova has been in decent touch as she played well in both Rome and Madrid. That being said, she is playing an elite opponent in Elina Svitolina.
On the other side of the court, Elina Svitolina also won her opening match in straight sets. It was a tough draw for Elina Svitolina as she was paired against Venus Williams. The draw didn’t seem to impact Svitolina as she won 7 break points to eliminate the 2002 finalist with ease. Following a strong start to the season, Svitolina failed to make an impact in Rome and Madrid. While the results would have been disappointing, Svitolina has a good record at Roland Garros and she will be confident in her ability to do well at this event.
Kateryna Kozlova and Elina Svitolina have played each other twice in the past. As it currently stands, Svitolina has a 2-0 record against Kozlova.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Elina Svitolina to win this match. Svitolina is the stronger player and she looks in good form following her win over Venus Williams. With the big win under her belt, it is going to be tough to stop Svitolina in this tournament.