Due to start at 1:30 am
Andreescu 2.08, Svitolina 1.91
This will be their first meeting. Both players have excellent results in the last 12 months and also in 2019.
Andreescu has a better win percentage this season. She started the week slowly by losing the opening set to Begu but has not lost a set since. She beat Muguruza in the quarter final losing just 1 game. Stats for the tournament favour Andreescu. Muguruza wasn’t even close to her best. Wang was competitive for just a set. Voegele has been struggling this season as has Cibulkova. Begu gave her a tough match.
Svitolina has had tougher opponents and has needed a deciding set in 3 of her 4 matches. She has faced stronger opponents. Kenin has been in strong form. Gavrilova has had an awful start to the year but has found some form recently. Barty has played some excellent tennis this year and Vondrousova is also having a strong season. Svitolina has had to fight in every match.
We have a very good chance of seeing 3 sets. Andreescu hasn’t really been tested since the first round and that will work against her. Tough matches fine tune a player’s game for the latter stages of tournaments.
Back Svitolina around 2.10.
Update: Svitolina took a double break lead at the start of the match but lost her next 3 service games. Andreescu took the set. Svitolina made it 4 breaks in a row by being broken in the first game of set 2 but it was then Andreescu’s turn to struggle on serve. Easy set for Svitolina.
In the deciding set Svitolina was again broken in the first game. She broke back 5 games later. Another break for Andreescu gave her the match. 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.