Second seed Elina Svitolina will square off against 17th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Round of 16 match at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Open. Svitolina hasn’t dropped a set in this tournament, and will be a very tough opponent to the Russian.
- Date: 10th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Elina Svitolina
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 16 (Third round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
- Prize money: $565,530
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Elina Svitolina: Match Preview
Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina enters this match after white-washing her rivals in the previous rounds. The World No.5 defeated American Jessica Pegula in the round of 64 – 4-6, 3-6. She trounced her second round opponent Vera Zvonareva in the similar fashion. Svitolina is one of the favorite to win this tournament and will surely look to continue her red-hot form when she clashes against Alexandrova in the next match.
World No.33 Ekaterina Alexandrova is also on a roll at Abu Dhabi. She overcame her first round rival Zarina Diyas with relative ease. She defeated her in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The Russian then went on to face Brit Heather Watson in the second round. Watson did manage to puzzle the Russian, but she still prevailed in a tough three setter. Now Alexandrova is all set to face Svitolina in the Round of 16, and she will look to book her berth in quarterfinals of this tournament.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Elina Svitolina: Head-to-Head
The duo has only played once against each other. They met at last year’s Roland Garros, where they faced off in the third round at Paris. Svitolina walked all over Alexandrova in that match, defeating her in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. As a result, Svitolina has a lead in head-to-head 1-0. Alexandrova will surely want to restore the parity in their next clash.
Ekaterina Alexandrova vs Elina Svitolina: Match Prediction
Elina Svitolina is a clear favorite in this clash. Her current form will just affirm this notion. She hasn’t dropped a set till now and is looking like a world-beater on the court. It will take something truly special from Alexandrova to beat the Ukrainian in this match. The 26-year-old should be looking to find that form against Svitolina. Alexandrova is in a good form, and she can play some good shots. She will put on a valiant effort against the second seed, but will ultimately come up short.
Match Prediction: Elina Svitolina to win this match in straight sets.