Elina Svitolina, second seed at the WTA Abu Dhabi Open 2021 will face the Russian, Vera Zvonareva in the second round clash. Both players had comfortable round one victories and stormed into the round of 32. Zvonareva, once ranked second in the world, is currently ranked 164 in the WTA rankings, whereas Svitolina is ranked 5th.
- Date: 9th January, 2021
- Tournament: Abu Dhabi Women’s Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Elina Svitolina vs Vera Zvonareva
- Venue: Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Category: WTA 500
- Round: Round of 32 (Second round)
- Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $565,530
Elina Svitolina vs Vera Zvonareva: Match Preview
Elina Svitolina started off her 2021 campaign in the best possible way as she defeated Jessica Pegula in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Open in straight sets. The Ukrainian converted three out of her four break point opportunities, to dominate her way into the second round. Svitolina returned to action for the first time after her first round loss to M.Sakkari at the Ostrava Open in October.
Vera Zvonareva also secured a comfortable first round victory over Amandine Hesse in the first round. The Russian won in straight sets, dropping just seven games during the match. Zvonareva broke her opponent five times during the match to progress into the second round. She will now face a tough challenge in the form of the second seed, Elina Svitolina in the round of 32 clash.
Elina Svitolina vs Vera Zvonareva: Head-to-Head
The duo have never met before in the past and as a result, their current head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Elina Svitolina vs Vera Zvonareva: Match Prediction
Elina Svitolina starts as the certain favorite to win the encounter and progress into the third round. The Ukrainian has a powerful game on hard court surfaces and it will require a special effort from Zvonareva if she is to progress further in the tournament. However, the Russian has plenty of experience on her side and is slowly returning to playing her best tennis. Both players do not have a great service game so the result will depend on the fact as to who serves better on the day. Svitolina is expected to emerge victorious in a thrilling three-set encounter.
Match Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Vera Zvonareva in three sets.