Varvara Gracheva and Elina Svitolina meet in the quarterfinals of the 2023 tennis Internationaux de Strasbourg. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Varvara Gracheva Betting Preview
Varvara Gracheva is coming off a straight set win over Selena Janicijevic that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Gracheva won 77 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Gracheva won 70 percent of her total service points and converted on 5 of her 10 break points. Gracheva got 69 percent of her first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. Gracheva has snapped a 3-match losing streak by winning 5 of her last 6 matches overall. Gracheva has a chance to win 3 matches in back-to-back tournaments. Gracheva has won 5 of her last 6 matches on clay court.
Elina Svitolina Betting Preview
Elina Svitolina is coming off a walkover win over Erin Routliffe, as she retired due to injury. Svitolina will be well rested obviously as she’s played less than 2 hours of tennis to get to this point. Svitolina is still trying to work her way back from a pregnancy and a long hiatus, so while the rest is fine, she also needs the reps to get her feet under her. Svitolina has won 4 of her last 6 played matches, easily the best stretch since her return. In her win over Louisa Chirico, Svitolina won 55 percent of her service points and saved 5 of 10 break points. Svitolina has won 4 of her last 6 matches on clay court.
Svitolina won the only meeting against Gracheva, which was in the 2020 French Open. The match was decided in straight sets and 23 games.
This should be an interesting match as Svitolina is the better player, but she’s also working her way back into the mix and is vulnerable at this stage. Gracheva is in better form and probably the more trustworthy player. Still, I’m going to lean Svitolina. She’s rested and has shown recent signs of life these last few weeks.
Assuming the price is reasonable, give me Svitolina to make the semis.