WTA Miami Open 2021: Elina Svitolina vs Ekaterina Alexandrova-Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina will take on Thirtieth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Third round of the Miami Open.

Elina Svitolina and Ekaterina Alexandrova
Elina Svitolina and Ekaterina Alexandrova

Elina Svitolina will take on Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Third round of the Miami Open 2021. Svitolina is currently the World no.5 on the WTA rankings and Alexandrova is the World no.34. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Elina Svitolina vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
  • Round: Third Round 
  • Date: 27th March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $26,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Elina Svitolina vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Preview

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

Svitolina has not had a great season so far. She could only go as far as the fourth round in the Australian Open, where she fell to Jessica Pegula in three sets. In Qatar she was beaten in the Quarterfinals by Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. In Dubai things went from bad to worse as she couldn’t clear the second round hurdle and lost in three sets to  Svetlana Kuznetsova.

At Miami she had a bye in the first round and beat Shelby Rogers, 3-6 7-5 6-3, in the second round. The victory over Rogers should give Svitolina a lot of confidence as she came from a set down to win the match. Her third round opponent is  Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Alexandrova reached the Quarter Finals of the St. Petersburg Open a few days back. In this tournament she had a bye in the first round and beat Nadia Podoroska in the second round. The 30th seed played a great match of Tennis and beat Podoroska in three sets 6-0 6-4. 

Watch: Shelby Rogers vs. Elina Svitolina | 2021 Miami Open Round 2 | WTA Match Highlights

Elina Svitolina vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Head-to-Head

Ekaterina Alexandrova
Ekaterina Alexandrova

These two players have met twice before on the tour, and Svitolina has won on both occasions. So the head to head stands at 2-0 to Svitolina. Their last meeting was in The French Open 2020, which Svitolina won 6-4 7-5. 

Elina Svitolina vs Ekaterina Alexandrova: Prediction

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

Svitolina’s biggest worry has been her serve. Even in the victory against Rogers she served up seven double faults, and could only win 65% off her first serves, which is not good enough. The biggest question is if Alexandrova can fight Svitolina till the very end, and does she actually believe she can beat a top-5 player. This match will go down to the wire. 

Match Prediction: Elina Svitolina will beat Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets. 

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