Second seeded Elina Svitolina will be up against the fifth seed Elena Rybakina in a delicious Strasbourg Open 2020 title-decider on Saturday, September 26. The match begins at around 11 am local time (10 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Elina Svitolina v Elena Rybakina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elina Svitolina v Elena Rybakina Head to Head
Interestingly, this will be the first match between the world number five Svitolina and the 18th-ranked Rybakina.
Svitolina Will be Pleased with Her Return
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina had opted out of all the clay court and hard court competitions in August and opted to return to tennis only in the third week of September with an appearance at the Italian Open.
And despite the obvious rustiness, Svitolina managed to reach the quarterfinals there, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets in Rome. She went down to Marketa Vondrousova in the next round.
While that was a steady performance for someone starting out after seven months, Svitolina has now gone one better. While beating Magda Linette and Jil Teichmann was good going for the second seed, her real test came in her semifinal against Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal.
And while it went down to the third set, with Sabalenka rediscovering her fighting mojo, Svitolina’s better pedigree on clay saw her through to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, needing nearly two hours to get there. Clinching six breaks of serve in the match, Svitolina was helped by the points she won her on her first serve, 73% of them, which made it more and more difficult for Sabalenka as the match went on.
She will now be up against an opponent who has made bit of a habit of making the finals.
Final, Here Comes Rybakina. Again.
If they were humans, the finals of WTA tournaments would have begun missing Rybakina following the pandemic break. After all, before the break, Rybakina had made it to four WTA finals, starting with the first competition of the season she participated in.
Rybakina went on to win one of them as well, beating Shuai Zhang in the final at Hobart, before falling in two other finals – at St. Petersburg to Kiki Bertens and then to Simona Halep in Dubai.
Following on after the break, Rybakina has built up the steam rather slowly. She was ousted in the first round at the Cincinnati Open, second round at the US Open and the third at the Italian Open.
And while Rybakina’s record on clay isn’t as strong as that on hard courts, she raced off to four straight-set wins on the bounce at Strasbourg Open to make it to the final. While her toughest opponent came in the quarterfinal in the form of Shuai Zhang, her confidence would be back to where it belongs and she could give Svitolina a working over.
Svitolina v Rybakina Prediction & Tip
It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise Svitolina starts off a favourite at 8/11 but does Rybakina have the wherewithal to usurp someone from the top five? Expecting her to put up a fight but for Svitolina to win.
Tip: Svitolina to win: 8/11 (bet365)