Twenty six year old Elina Svitolina is seeded no.5 at this year’s Australian Open. The Ukrainian has done well at the Australian open in the past, and has got to the quarter finals on two separate occasions. Her first round opponent at the Australian Open 2021 is Marie Bouzkova from the Czech Republic. Bouzkova will make only her second appearance at the Australian open. At 22 years has time is on her side, and in the future she would hope to improve her current world ranking of no. 47.
- Fixture: Elina Svitolina vs Marie Bouzkova
- Date: 9 February 2021
- Tournament: Australian Open 2021
- Round: 1st Round
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
- Prize Money: $ 60,239 (USD)
Elina Svitolina vs Marie Bouzkova: Preview
Svitolina has a game based on consistency and accuracy. Post the pandemic, she won the Strasbourg Open. That was her second biggest triumph of the season after the Monterrey Open, which she won in March 2020. Marie Bouzkova has taken big strides this season. Her exploits at Monterrey, where she reached the finals, propelled her career ranking to under 50 for the first time.
Elina Svitolina vs Marie Bouzkova: Head-to-Head
These two players have met each other twice on the WTA Tour. The first meeting was at Guangzhou, 2019 which Bouzkova won 6-4 4-3 ret. The second meeting was at Monterrey where Elina prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-4. The H2H right now stands at 1-1.
Elina Svitolina vs Marie Bouzkova: Prediction
This match between Svitolina and Bouzkova promises to be an entertaining affair. With both players having one against each other they are well aware of each others games, but Svitolina is the slight favourite in this one.
Match Prediction: Svitolina to win in three sets.