Elina Svitolina vs. Ashleigh Barty - 2021 Miami Open Semi-Final
Thursday, April 1st 2021
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Ashleigh Barty (1) meets Elina Svitolina (5) in the semi finals of the 2021 Miami Open on Thursday, April 1st 2021.
Will Elina Svitolina be able to cause the upset here to make her way to the Final, or will Ashleigh Barty win and give herself a shot at defending her title here in Miami?
Elina Svitolina cruised through her quarter final encounter, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-3/6-2. Svitolina is improving with every match and she seems to be finally on top of her game and consistent, which we have not seen for a while. Svitolina is one of the toughest competitors in the WTA Tour and she will outpower anyone and everyone when she is confident and on top of her game. Elina Svitolina will be very confident coming into the match, and she will know that she has some strong victories under her belt against her now opponent Ashleigh Barty.
Ashleigh Barty came through a very tight match against Aryna Sabalenka, winning 6-4/6-7/6-3. Barty has struggled with consistency throughout her matches here in Miami, not cruising through any of them as we usually expect her to do. Barty knows that this match here in the semi finals is going to be her toughest challenge this week, and that if she is able to come through this one, she will more than likely be able to retain her title here in Miami. However, her head to head against Svitolina does not suggest that this is going to be the case.
This is going to be the seventh encounter between both players, with Elina Svitolina leading the head to head 5-1. Svitolina is on top form at the moment and she seems to have finally found the consistency which was lacking in her game for all of 2021. Svitolina, when on top of her game, is one of the best players in the world, and she will have some success this year if she continues at this level. Barty still needs to get some rust off her game as she has not been very consistent here in Miami. I see Elina Svitolina extending her head to head lead here.