No. 15 seed Elina Svitolina cannot afford another slow start when she locks horns with France’s Fiona Ferro in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 17. Get the live streaming options of this Elina Svitolina v Fiona Ferro match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Elina Svitolina v Fiona Ferro Head to Head
Svitolina leads Ferro 1-0 in their head-to-head. That solitary meeting came in the Round of 16 in Chicago last season where Svitolina won in straight sets en route to her 16th career title.
Svitolina Struggles In Warm-Up Events
Elina Svitolina’s worrying form coming to the Australian Open might not be cause for concern but will surely give the Ukrainian number 15 seed some thinking to do. I guess the big question right now is does she need to tinker some aspects of her game?
Svitolina had changed her coaching team during the off-season, parting ways with her coach Andrew Beetles with whom she had won 12 titles since he came on board in 2018.
She has now added Andis Juska and the experience of Gunther Bresnik in a consulting capacity. Incidentally, Bresnik is the full-time coach of her husband Gael Monfils.
It will be intriguing to see how the chemistry between them works. So far Svitolina has had little to be happy of on the court after losing in the first round of both Adelaide tournaments in successive weeks. The most surprising dfeat was at the hands of Anastasia Gasanova in Adeliade 1 – the World No. 121.
Ferro On Five-Match Losing Streak
Fiona Ferro enters Monday’s match at the Australian Open in the worst sequence of results for some time. The Frenchwoman’s losing stretched to five matches in the main draw dating back towards the end of last season.
Defeats at the Rancho Santa Fe ITF and Linz were quickly followed by one at the Billie Jean King Cup as she ended the year on a whimper. Ferro dropped outside the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2018.
Her losing streak is showing no signs of abating, as Ferro lost in the qualifying rounds in Melbourne to Aliona Bolsova, and did not make an impression at the Sydney International as a lucky loser – going down to Elise Mertens in the first round.
Ferro, a winner of two WTA titles, peaked at a career-high ranking of No. 39 just last March and was France’s top-ranked player female at the time. But since the rankings freeze was lifted, Ferro’s points earned in the past couple of years have gone off and she now sits at No. 103.
Svitolina v Ferro Prediction and Tip
Svitolina is not in great form, but Ferro has fared worse in that span. I expect to survive a real scare though, likely in three sets.