Elena Rybakina vs. Viktorija Golubic
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:00 AM (Nanchang Tennis Center)
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Elena Rybakina and Viktorija Golubic have both made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Jiangxi Open in China. Both players will be competing for a spot in the semifinals.
Viktorija Golubic enters this match having won her previous match in 3 sets. It was a determined performance by Golubic as she lost the opening set but fought back extremely strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. Golubic was exceptional from the start of the second set as she only lost 3 games in the final 2 sets. The receiving was especially impressive from Viktorija Golubic as she won 50% of her return points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. The serving was also solid from Viktorija Golubic as she won 72% of her service games. This is expected to be a tougher match for Golubic as she is playing against the number 4 seed.
Looking at Elena Rybakina, the number 4 seed was very good in the previous round as she won her match in straight sets. The first set was won via a tiebreaker but Rybakina dominated the second set which she won 6-2. During the victory, Elena Rybakina impressed with her receiving as she won 49% of her receiving points which resulted in her winning 5 return games. Overall, Elena Rybakina has looked very impressive in this tournament and I see her being very tough to defeat.
This will be the first time that Viktorija Golubic and Elena Rybakina will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Elena Rybakina to win this match. While Golubic has been solid in this tournament, she has had poor patches which have not been the case for Rybakina. Elena Rybakina has been very good throughout this tournament and I see her being good enough to secure a spot in the semifinals.