Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic will go head to head in the semifinal of the ongoing Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The match will be played on Friday, February 22 after 7:00 pm local time (3:00 pm BST) and the Elina Svitolina v Belinda Bencic live streaming options are mentioned below.
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Elina Svitolina v Belinda Bencic Head to Head
The two ladies have met only once and that meeting took place in 2014 in Charleston. Bencic won that encounter in three sets to reach the quarterfinal.
Bencic Delivers Her Best Performance
The 21-year-old Swiss is presently enjoying the best run of her season so far. In fact, last time she played tennis like this was almost three years back, when she was a part of the top 10 and looked highly-determined to ascend further up in the rankings.
After struggling with her form and injuries over the last couple of years, Bencic has finally to deliver what was promised to her fans – high-quality tennis and breathtaking victories.
She has reached the semifinal of a WTA event for the second time this year, with the other instance being the WTA Hobart. The Swiss has achieved this feat in a remarkable fashion, defeating the World No. 2 Simona Halep in the quarterfinal in three sets. Prior to that, she defeated Aryna Sabalenka with a similar score.
She also had a brilliant time in Fed Cup a few weeks back, when she defeated Camila Giorgi and Sara Errani to take Switzerland to the next round.
Despite being a relatively young player, Bencic has the necessary experience to perform on big stages like the WTA Dubai. In 2015, she won the Rogers Cup and WTA Eastbourne, in addition to being the runner-up in Tokyo.
Svitolina Continues Her Title Defence
Elina Svitolina started the competition as the two-time defending champion and so far, she has done quite well. She has been absolutely clinical and is yet to drop a set. In the quarters, she defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-3 while in the previous round, it was Garbine Muguruza whom she dispatched, losing just three games in the entire match.
The 2018 French Open quarterfinalist has made it to a semifinal on the tour this season for the second time in a row. She had a similar run in Doha last week but back then, she succumbed to Halep. Svitolina had a good run in the Australian Open as well, where she lost to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka.
Svitolina v Bencic Predictions & Tips
The Ukrainian will start this match as the odds-on favourite to win but by no means, it implies that she will have an easy time here. The two players are evenly matched for this fixture and it can very well go either way. However, one thing is certain – this one will be highly entertaining. Svitolina to win two sets to one with Unibet offering 3/1 for it.
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