The fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina will take on the world number 45 Caroline Garcia in the fourth round of the 2020 French Open with the match scheduled for Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Looking for the live streaming options of this Elina Svitolina v Caroline Garcia match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here? Read on.
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Elina Svitolina v Caroline Garcia Head to Head
This is an interestingly one with Garcia leading Svitolina 3-1 on head to head. Svitolina’s only win came in their first meeting in the 2015 Cincinnati Open, which has been followed by successive three-set wins for Garcia in Beijing, WTA Finals and Stuttgart Open. The last of these meetings came in 2018 and on clay.
Svitolina Cranking it Up to Make it 7-0
Since returning to the sport after the pandemic break, Svitolina is playing in only her third tournament and all of those have been on clay. Her only loss came in that first tournament he played at the Italian Open, a quarterfinal defeat to Marketa Vondrousova but since then her form has taken off.
Following that, four wins in a row at the Strabourg Open saw her lift the trophy there and while the conditions here in Paris have been drastically different, that hasn’t affected the Ukrainian third seed at all.
Sure she was blanked in one of the sets she played against Renata Zarazua in the second round but quickly adapted her game to win that match in three sets. And now in the third round, Svitolina was a straight-set winner over Ekaterina Alexandrova.
It was an interesting match in that Alexandrova didn’t give her too much leeway but Svitolina made the most of what she had. The first set saw both players go toe to toe with Svitolina saving one break point before clinching the set when Alexandrova was serving to stay in the set.
She broke Alexandrova early in the second set and lost her serve in turn but with the Russian serving to stay in the match, she broke her again to clinch the second set and the match 7-5.
Against Garcia she should start with a lot of confidence but there’s one factor she might be wary of – the crowd support.
Garcia Records Turnaround Win
Things looked to be going to the script for Elise Mertens, a heavy favourite coming into her third round match against Caroline Garcia. She ran away to win the first set 6-1, breaking Garcia thrice and it looked like we had another short match on our hands.
The former world number four wasn’t done though. She broke Mertens in the third game of the second set, dropped serve in the eighth before notching up a decisive break of serve in the very next game to serve out the set.
A now resurgent Garcia, egged on by the sparse French crowd, took that confidence into the final set as well, breaking Mertens in the very first game and then held her nerve, and her serve to get herself an opportunity to serve it out at 5-4.
Nerves stuck, as she missed three match-points on serve and after breaking Mertens yet again, fluffed up two more in the 12th game of the set. It was off her sixth match-point she managed to clinch the thrill-a-minute encounter, and seal her place in the fourth round for the third time in four years at Roland Garros.
With wins over Anett Kontaveit and Aliaksandra Sasnovich before this, Garcia has the momentum and the crowd support, can she now bring her A game to this very crucial encounter against the much-fancied Svitolina?
Svitolina v Garcia Prediction and Tip
Svitolina has given enough evidence over the last few weeks to suggest she is a definite contender for the title but against a resurgent Garcia, things could get interesting especially with the partisan crowd supporting the latter. We can see another tough battle here.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match: 5/6 (bet365)