Poland’s 15th seed Iga Swiatek will face former champion Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Italian Open on Friday, May 14. Get the live streaming options of this Iga Swiatek v Elina Svitolina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Iga Swiatek v Elina Svitolina Head to Head
This will be a first meeting of any kind between Swiatek and Svitolina, so the head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Swiatek Saves Match Points to Beat Krejcikova
Iga Swiatek was left to fight for another day in Rome after a battling three-set victory over Barbora Krejcikova. The young Pole fought back from the jaws of defeat against the wily Czech, in a match that lasted two hours and 50 minutes.
Having dropped the opening set 6-3, Swiatek saved two match points at 5-6 in the second set to force a tiebreak. Krejcikova’s level dipped massively after failing to score her second successive upset over a seeded opponent. The Czech double-faulted to hand the set and the momentum back to the French Open champion.
The third set was a measure of who could hold her nerve. After 11 successive holds, Krejcikova cracked under immense scoreboard pressure. Serving to stay in the match, she produced a series of ill-timed unforced errors to go 0-40 down, and Swiatek converted on her fifth match point.
This win further highlights the burgeoning mental game of Iga Swiatek. Despite her struggles, and against an opponent who played out of her skin, she was able to fight through adversity and thrust her name in the last eight.
Svitolina Sees Off Muguruza Easily
Elina Svitolina defeated Garbine Muguruza for the umpteenth time to extend her winning sequence over the Spaniard.
The Ukrainian, a two-time champion in Rome, is back into the quarterfinals at Foro Italico for the second successive year in what turned out to be a topsy-turvy affair against the 12th seeded Muguruza.
Both players took time to settle, with breaks galore. Muguruza broke four times out of five, but it was Svitolina who had the decisive numbers, converting seven out of 8 opportunities. As the match went on, Muguruza’s unforced error count kept rising fast.
Svitolina, who has forged a reputation for being the one the most grinding standouts on the women’s circuit seems to have banished the disappointment of losing in the first round of Madrid.
Swiatek v Svitolina Prediction and Tip
Swiatek was pushed hard by Krejcikova which could be positive in the grand scheme of things. This should be another close contest on the cards against a much tougher proposition.