Sixth seeded Elina Svitolina will be up against USA’s Sofia Kenin in round two action at the Indian Wells Open 2019. The match will be played Friday, March 8, after 8:00 pm local time (4:00 am BST the next day) and you can catch the Elina Svitolina v Sofia Kenin live streaming action here.
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Elina Svitolina v Sofia Kenin Head to Head
This will be their first ever meeting at the highest level, having never played each other before this.
Svitolina Itching to Go the Distance
It’s been a very good start to the season for Elina Svitolina after a shock loss at the Brisbane International in round one. She clawed back well and made it to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open where she went down to the eventual champion Naomi Osaka, and followed it up with a semi-final appearance at the Qatar Open and another semi-final in Dubai.
This comes on the back of a WTA Finals win late last season which by itself completed a brilliant season that saw her win three other titles.
That’s the ‘issue’ for Svitolina, who would be itching to grab her first title of the season after having won four last year. And to be able to do that, what the Ukrainian would hope for is a strong start against Kenin, a quick, straight-set win to send warning signals to all her opponents.
Sofia Kenin, No Pushover
Speaking of Svitolina wanting a good start to the competition, one of the other reasons is the confidence it would give her to do it against a player who has had a brilliant season so far.
Kenin has already won one title this season, defeating a host of top players including Caroline Garcia, Kirsten Flipkens and Alize Cornet, and all of them in straight sets too to clinch the Hobart International.
A second round to Simona Halep notwithstanding, Kenin went on to make it to the third round at Dubai before entering her second WTA final of the year already. At Acapulco, she showed the other side of her tennis, grittiness and tenacity that helped get through to the title-decider where an inspired Wang Yafan finally ended her run.
Interestingly, Kenin had her revenge in the first round here at the Indian Wells Open, beating Yafan in three sets to set up this Svitolina meeting.
Elina Svitolina v Sofia Kenin Tips & Predictions
It comes as no surprise that Svitolina is 3/10 (bet365) to win this one but can she complete a straight-set victory? Interesting to note that Kenin is yet to lose a match this season without winning a set and we think she might just be able to take a set off Svitolina too.
Tip: Kenin to win a set: 17/20 (betway)
You can watch & bet on Elina Svitolina v Sofia Kenin on Friday, March 8 here . The match will start at around 8:00 pm local time.