Elina Svitolina vs. Nadia Podoroska - 2020 French Open Fourth Round
Tuesday October 6th, 2020
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Elina Svitolina the third seed faces Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals of the 2020 French Open Championships. The match will take place on Tuesday October 6th, 2020. Svitolina is the highest seed left in the draw and is a top contender for the title with many of the other top players having lost thus far. Can the Argentinian qualifier pull off a stunning upset here in Paris?
The Ukrainian Svitolina has looked in great form over the past couple of weeks. She won the Strasbourg event and has been dominant here at Roland Garros so far, losing only one set so far. She had a very impressive win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in the previous round, that was predicted by many to be a close battle. She is very consistent from the baseline and will be looking to draw numerous errors out of her Argentine opponent. She is very comfortable on clay and many of her best results have come on the surface. She will be delighted to be facing such an unfancied opponent this deep in a major and will be very confident of advancing to the semifinals.
Nadia Podoroska has also been in very impressive form here in Paris. She strolled through the qualifiers, losing just 14 games in three matches and upset higher ranked players such as Yulia Putinseva and Anna Schmeidlova to reach this stage. Her strengths are her backhand and her footwork, both of which have been very impressive here in Paris. She will have to be at her absolute best against the world number 5, and even that may not be good enough. If she serves well and can stay focused she can make things tricky for the third seed.
I am backing Elina Svitolina to win this match. Podoroska has an impressive game and can give her a challenge but the Ukranian seed has looked very confident and is at the top of her game. I had her as a dark horse contender to win this title and was even before her path was cleared with the losses of Halep, Azarenka and Pliskova. Elina Svitolina to win.