World number 6, Elina Svitolina has made it into the fourth round of the 2019 WTA Australian Open. The Ukrainian tennis superstar will now face the number 17 seed, Madison Keys from the United States.
Elina Svitolina won her previous match in 3 sets as she beat Zhang Shuai. It was a reasonably tough contest for Svitolina as she lost the opening set but fought back to win the 2nd and 3rd sets. During the win, Elina Svitolina received serve exceptionally well as she won 44% of the points played during Zhang’s serve. Elina Svitolina won 6 return games which allowed her to win the final 2 sets with some ease. It is important to note that Svitolina struggled with her serve as she allowed Zhang to break her serve on 5 occasions. Elina Svitolina has been in exceptional form over the past few months as she won the WTA Finals recently. With form on her side, Svitolina will feel confident as she heads into this match.
In contrast, Madison Keys has struggled over the past few months due to injury. That being said, it has been a decent start to 2019 for Keys as she has won all her matches in straight sets. In her last outing, Madison Keys beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Madison Keys as she won 4 return games while allowing Mertens to break her serve only once.
Elina Svitolina and Madison Keys have played twice in the past. As it currently stands, Keys has a 2-0 record against Svitolina. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at the US Open. On that occasion, Madison Keys won in 3 sets.
All in all, I am picking Elina Svitolina to win this match. While Keys has been playing well, she has lacked court time due to her injury. Svitolina, on the other hand, has been playing lots of tennis and she has been winning consistently. Considering her recent record, I see Elina Svitolina making the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.