Elina Svitolina vs. Maria Sakkari
|Date & Time||Friday July 5, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Elina Svitolina is coming off a straight sets win over Margarita Gasparyan that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Svitolina won 63 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina won 58 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her five break points. It would have been interesting to see what happened in that match considering Svitolina was down a set, but her opponent was forced to retire in the middle of a tight second set. While capable of winning, it’s still fair to say that Svitolina was bailed out in her last match. Svitolina hopes to make her seventh grand slam fourth round appearance since 2017. Svitolina has split her last four matches on grass court.
Maria Sakkari is coming off a straight sets win over Marie Bouzkova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Sakkari won 78 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Sakkari won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her four break points. Sakkari got 60 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her three break points. Sakkari has won all four sets this tournament and has a shot if she keeps serving well. Sakkari hopes to make her first career grand slam fourth round appearance. Sakkari is 0-5 in previous grand slam third round matches. Sakkari has four career wins over top-10 players, with two of those wins coming this year. Sakkari has won three of her last four matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Sakkari is capable of winning this match, but her history of fizzling out in grand slam play is concerning. Svitolina is also somebody who was given a second chance after her opponent returned in a match she very well could have lost. A player of Svitolina’s caliber and a consistent respectable performer on the grand slam level usually makes the most of things like that.
In a match that should be competitive, give me the player who has shown she can get it done on the big stage.