Elina Svitolina will take on Angelique Kerber in the Second-round of the Stuttgart Open 2021. Svitolina is currently the World no.5 on the WTA rankings and Kerber is the World no.26.
- Tournament: Stuttgart Open 2021
- Match: Elina Svitolina vs Angelique Kerber
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 22nd April, 2021
- PrizeMoney: $ 9,815
- Venue: Stuttgart, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
Elina Svitolina vs Angelique Kerber: Match Preview
Svitolina had a forgettable start to the year, but the last few weeks have been great for her. On the personal front she has gotten engaged to Gael Monfils and that positivity has rubbed off on her tennis as well. She reached the Semi-finals of the Miami Open, beating players like Petra Kvitova along the way.
She also got a couple of victories on clay while representing Ukraine against Japan in the qualifiers of the Billie Jean Cup (known as the Fed cup before). She beat the Japanese players Yuki Naito and Chihiro Muramatsu. Svitolina had a bye in the first round and will face Angelique Kerber in the second.
Thirty three year old German player Kerber is a former two time champion at the event and a former world no.1. Kerber has been witnessing a slump in form for a while now and would hope this home event brings her some joy. She overcame Ekaterina Gorgodze 6-2 6-2 in the first round.
Elina Svitolina vs Angelique Kerber: Head-to-Head
Svitolina and Kerber have a long history of matches against each other. This will be the fourteenth meeting between the two players, Svitolina has won the last five encounters and has a lead of 8-5 in head to heads. Their last coming together was in the Quarter Finals of the Rome Open in 2018.
Elina Svitolina vs Angelique Kerber: Prediction
The Stuttgart Open is played indoors, so the clay courts here are faster and to the liking of Kerber. Svitolina is rapid across the court and will look to counter Kerber’s powerful shots by her movement and anticipation. Kerber’s poor form might go against her.
Match Prediction: Elina Svitolina will beat Angelique Kerber in three sets.