Both Elina Svitolina and Madison Keys should be full of confidence heading into their fourth round clash on Sunday evening with the pair in impressive form so far this week. Having lost there in 2017, Keys is seeking a return to the final while one more win would make this year Svitolina’s run the best of her career in New York.
It’s hard to believe that the player who lost to Hailey Baptiste in Washington and the one coming into the tournament on a 9 match winning streak are the same player but that sums up Keys and her often inconsistent play. At her best, few players serve or strike the ball as cleanly as the American but she is prone to the odd shocker from time to time. After beating her in Cincinnati, Keys defeated Sofia Kenin again to make it this far with another straight sets win. Keys broke once in each set of the 6-3 7-5 win while coming up big on all eight break points she had to defend. She did have a medical timeout in the second set of the win but there are no suggestions there is anything more to worry about now.
Svitolina’s evening was far more comfortable as she defeated her fellow Ukranian Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-0. It was an excellent performance defensively from Svitolina as she helped her less experienced opponent implode on the big stage in some fashion. Svitolina is looking more comfortable on court this week and may be feeling the confidence boost of her Wimbledon semi final run still. “I feel good now. I’m enjoying playing on the court. Enjoying atmosphere maybe little bit more. I have little bit less pressure now. That’s maybe what’s changed.” she said. “I’ve been playing on Armstrong as last year a lot, as well. That’s nice. I like that court. I think I haven’t lost a match on that court yet. I have a perfect record!”
“It’s going to be tough, I’m just going to go back and try to get better. Also just look at my match from Australia playing her, see what was working well and what wasn’t. Just do what I can to execute better.” Keys said on the matchup. Svitolina won that one 6-1 2-6 6-1 at the start of the year and will hope to achieve the same again. Keys is clearly in better form now but will have to avoid the frustration that may come if she can’t break through in the early stages of the match.
Prediction – Madison Keys in three sets