Svitolina vs. Halep
|Date & Time||Friday October 27, 2017, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina meet in the 2017 WTA Finals.
Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets loss to Caroline Wozniacki that took 14 games to decide. In the loss, Halep won 54 percent of her first serve points and 27 percent of her second serve points. Halep looked downright awful in her last match, winning just 29 percent of her return points and 44 percent of her total service points. Halep just couldn’t get anything going from the start in which she dropped the first set 0-6, and of course, her confidence was shot for any chance at a comeback after that. Few players rely on a fast start more than Halep, as she gets down on herself way too easily and allows her frustration to impact the rest of the match. Halep is hoping to make it out of the round robin stages of the WTA Finals for the first time since 2014. Halep has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Elina Svitolina is coming off a three sets loss to Caroline Garcia that took 34 games to decide. In the loss, Svitolina won 63 percent of her first serve points and 37 percent of her second serve points. Svitolina looked much better in her second match than she did in her loss to Caroline Wozniacki, but she still struggled mightily with her second serve and won just 54 percent of her total service points. The inconsistent play in these last two matches is simply not the same Svitolina who has won five titles this season. Again I question if Svitolina is 100 percent or if fatigue / injury is preventing her from playing to the level we’ve seen for much of the year. It’ll be interesting to see if Svitolina is motivated to finish this tournament with a strong showing after the outcome of her first two matches. Svitolina has lost four of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Svitolina has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Canadian Masters, a match Svitolina won in 14 games. All three matches have taken place this year, with Halep’s only win coming in the French Open. Two of the three matches were decided in three sets.
I have questions for both of these players, so good luck being on the right side. Svitolina has been a shell of herself in her first two matches and may not be 100 percent healthy. Halep has shown two sides in her first two matches and always has the risk of folding once she gets down on herself. This thing could really go either way. However, Halep has been the better player overall and still has something to play for with a chance to advance. As long as Halep gets off to a fast start and builds momentum, she should win this match given the current form of Svitolina.
I like Halep here.