It will be a battle of Eastern Europeans to kick off Wednesday’s schedule at the Miami Open with Jelena Ostapenko and Elina Svitolina facing off for a spot in the semi finals. Svitolina is looking for her fourth Premier title since the beginning of last year while sixth seed Ostapenko is yet to win one.
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After an impressive victory against Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in her opener, Svitolina has not showed that top form in her previous two wins. She followed up a bizarre 4-6 6-0 6-1 against Daria Gavrilova with a win over Ashleigh Barty, defeating the Aussie 7-5 6-4 having had to come back from 5-2 down in the opener.
Jelena Ostapenko’s style of player is always going to lead to wild swings in form but she appears to be putting something good together this week. She followed up wins over Timea Babos and Beatriz Haddad Maia with an impressive victory over Petra Kvitova, winning 7-6 6-3 in a match that finished past midnight local time due to a number of rain delays. “Of course, I was fighting hard for this match because when we went off court, I was losing. I just said, ‘OK, I’m going to try my best because I know Petra is a great player and I have to play on a very high level.’ But I’m very glad with how I finished the match.” she said in her post match interview.
“I played her last year at Wimbledon so I know how she plays. I really have nothing to lose. I think I’m getting back into form, getting more consistent. Winning tie-breaks like this one and the one yesterday [against Haddad Maia] gives you confidence, and you start to feel better.” Ostapenko said, recalling her previous matchup against Svitolina. On a faster surface than benefits Ostapenko, she was a 6-3 7-6 winner. Svitolina is perfectly suited to draw errors out of Ostapenko but the Latvian appears to be in a groove this week.
Prediction – Jelena Ostapenko in three sets