Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, the number one seed, will play Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the semi-final of the WTA Monterrey Open on Saturday, March 7. The match is scheduled for 5 pm local time (11 pm BST) and you can find the Elina Svitolina v Arantxa Rus live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Elina Svitolina v Arantxa Rus Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before. This will be the first meeting between the 25-year-old Ukrainian, and her Dutch opponent, four years her senior.
Svitolina Finds Her Form Again in Mexico
Runner-up in the WTA finals last October, and ranked four in the world at the start of the year, Svitolina had a terrible start to 2020. She was soundly beaten in the first round in Brisbane by Danielle Collins of the USA, and then out-classed by Garbine Muguruza in the third round in Melbourne.
Then, in Hua Hin, where she was the number one seed, she lost in straight sets in the quarter finals to Nao Hibino of Japan. Two more embarrassing first round defeats then followed, to the Americans Jennifer Brady and Amanda Anisimova, in Dubai and Doha respectively.
It would, therefore, have been a relief to beat Danta Kovinic of Montenegro in straight sets in the first round in Monterrey, and to follow that up with another comfortable victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus.
Now playing more like her old self, she was able to easily see off the challenge of the Canadian teenager Leylah-Annie Fernandez in their quarter final on Friday for her third consecutive straight sets win.
Rus, the Dutch Number Two
Currently the Dutch second ranked player, Rus won the 2008 Girls’ singles at the Australian Open, and has enjoyed a great deal of success on the ITF tour, particularly last year, when she won ten titles. She has already been in the finals of one ITF event already this year, beating in Andrezieur-Boutheon in France by the Belgian, Ysaline Bonaventure, and reaching the semi-finals in Cairo.
In terms of the senior WTA tour, she has enjoyed comparatively less success prior to this event, failing to qualify in Hobart, and then beaten in the second round in Melbourne by Madison Keys.
Last week in Acapulco she was knocked out in the first round by Hibino, but then had some fortune in her opening match here, when her opponent Varvara Flink of Russia was forced to retire from their match with an injury.
However, there was nothing lucky about her next two matches, as she first powered past the number ten seed, Lauren Davis of the United States, in straight sets, taking the second set to love, and then thrashed the number six seed, Rebecca Peterson, dropping just two games to the Swede.
Elina Svitolina v Arantxa Rus Predictions & Tips
Svitolina seems to have rediscovered her form in Monterrey, and this should be another straight sets win over an opponent who spends most of her time on the ITF circuit, and rarely features in the advanced stages of a senior event.
Tip: Svitolina to win in straight sets: 5/6 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)