Tennis at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

World number 6, Elina Svitolina will be up against world number 61, Laura Siegemund in the first round of the Women’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund
Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund

World number 6, Elina Svitolina will be up against world number 61, Laura Siegemund in the first round of the Women’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund: Match Details

Tournament2020 Tokyo Olympics
MatchElina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund
RoundFirst round
DateJuly 24, 2021
VenueTokyo, Japan
SurfaceHard Court

Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund: Preview

Laura Siegemund
Laura Siegemund

Elina Svitolina who will be represented Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned pro in 2010. She reached her career high ranking of World number 3 in September 2017 and again in September 2019. She earned her best ever grand slam finish in the singles event when she reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and US Open in 2019. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Svitolina scored her first win over defending champion and then world number 1, Serena Williams in the third round in straight sets. The Ukrainian eventually lost in the quarter finals.

Svitolina has not had the best record at Grand Slams this year after being knocked out in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the third round at the French Open and second round at Wimbledon, where she played last before flying to Tokyo. Like most of the other players, she last played on hard court at the Miami Open where she lost in the semi final against Ashleigh Barty. She has a win-loss record of 23-13 this year to date and 410-213 throughout her career.

Laura Siegemund who turned pro in 2006 has won two singles and six doubles titles on the WTA Tour. She reached a career high ranking of world number 27 in 2016 and her best grand slam finish has been at the French Open in 2020 when she reached the quarterfinals.

Siegemund represented Germany in the 2016 Rio Olympics and also reached the quarter finals in the singles event.

At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round in straight sets against Ekaterina Alexandrova. At the Miami Open, she reached the Round of 64 and then gave a walkover to number 14 seed, Victoria Azarenka. She has not had one of the best years with a win-loss record of 14-13 and overall, in her career, a record of 505-335.

Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund: Head to Head

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

The pair have yet to play against each other in the WTA Tour and thus, will face each other for the first time. Hence, the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.

Elina Svitolina vs Laura Siegemund: Prediction

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

Svitolina is much younger than Siegemund and will be the predicted winner for this match. Her experience not only in the tour but also on Hard court and her recent form will give her a much bigger advantage. She has won 13 matches on hard court this year and has lost 6 with a 66%-win record on this surface in her career.

Prediction: Svitolina to win in straight sets.

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