Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, the number one seed, will play Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, the number nine seed, in the final of the 2020 WTA Monterrey Open on Sunday, March 8. The match is scheduled for 4.30 pm local time (10.30 pm BST) and you can find the Elina Svitolina v Marie Bouzkova live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Elina Svitolina v Marie Bouzkova 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 Czech opponent, four years her junior.
Svitolina Hoping to Win 14th Title
Although Svitolina has won 13 career titles, the most recent of those was in October 2018 at the WTA Finals, and the only time she has been in a final since then, prior to Monterrey was at the same event in Singapore five months ago, when she was beaten by Ashleigh Barty.
And, after a terrible start to 2020, which saw a series of early exits from tournaments in Australia, Thailand, and the Middle East, she may have been wondering if she would ever get back to those levels again.
However, she has belatedly rediscovered her form this week in Mexico, with a series of clinical straight sets defeats.
Her sequence began with Danta Kovinic of Montenegro in the first round, and she followed that up with another comfortable victory over Olga Govortsova of Belarus. The Canadian teenager Leylah-Annie Fernandez was similarly despatched in their quarter final on Friday, but she saved her most ruthless display for her semi-final opponent Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
In a match that lasted just 52 minutes, she thrashed the world number 76, dropping just a single game in the process.
Bouzkova Upset Konta to Reach the Final
For Bouzkova, who won the Girls’ Singles at the 2014 US Open, this is a debut senior WTA final, her previous best coming at the Rogers Cup last year when she reached the semi-finals.
Yet, like her opponent on Sunday, she arrived in Monterrey with no form to speak of, suffering a series of early defeats during the Australian season, and then, after reaching the third round of an ITF tournament in France, was knocked out in the first round of Acapulco last week.
Her expectations would have been low for this tournament, but then she beat two Slovenian players, Kristina Kucova, and then Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, to set up a quarter final with the Chinese woman Yafan Wang, seeded eight, who she beat in straight sets.
She then upset the number two seed, Johanna Konta in a match that last an hour and forty minutes, saving all five of the break points that she faced, and breaking the Konta game in the sixth game of the first set, and again in the ninth game of the second, against an opponent who was struggling after calling a medical time-out.
Elina Svitolina v Marie Bouzkova Predictions & Tips
This is a match between a woman playing in her 17th WTA career final, and an opponent playing in her first. Experience alone gives Svitolina the edge, but, having rediscovered her form in Monterrey, she should have too much for an opponent for whom just getting this far is an achievement in itself.
Tip: Svitolina to win in straight sets: 11/10 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)