Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - Elina Svitolina: Roman courts will continue to be happy for Ukrainian women
16/09/2020, at 08:00 GMT
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The girls have a rich history of confrontation with each other, numbering four matches. The Russian woman won three times, the only time when Svitolina was able to upset her rival was in 2016 in Tokyo - 7:6, 6:4. Tennis players have never met on the ground.
Like other tennis players, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova missed 6 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The restart in tennis was unsuccessful. Initially, it all started with the fact that the Russian woman decided not to enter the US Open 2020. At the Cincinnati Masters, the native of Samara was also not on the list of participants. Thus, Nastya did not play at all on American hard courts.
Pavklyuchenkova played an official match in the Czech Republic for the first time after quarantine. At the tournament in Prague, which was held on clay, in the 1/16 finals the Russian woman was drawn with the Dutch tennis player Arancha Rus (WTA # 71). Despite the fact that the 36-th WTA racket was the clear favorite among the bookmakers (1.29 against 3.79), the Russian woman lost to her rival, spending almost 2 hours (7: 5, 6: 2).
On September 4, it became known that Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova began cooperation with a new coach. It was Rob Steckley. The start of the competition in Rome turned out to be difficult. The Samara native played against Zhang Shuai (# 40) in the first round. In a difficult match, Nastya managed to break the resistance of the representative of China (6: 4, 6: 7, 6: 1). Both athletes made many mistakes, but the Russian woman was helped out by a better serve.
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The situation is similar here. Elina Svitolina did not fly to New York and did not take part in two American tournaments that were held on hard. The Ukrainian did not play at the US Open Tennis Championships and the Cincinnati Masters. This decision was made for the safety of the tennis player and her team.
A native of Odessa, after a forced 4-month pause, had 7 control fights on different surfaces: hard, grass, ground. The 1/16 final match of the WTA in Rome for the Ukrainian will be the first game at the official level. It is still difficult to say what form the 6-th racket of the world is in, because friendly matches at exhibition tournaments do not have such an intensity of emotions, struggle, passion and motivation than official competitions.
Throughout the history of Pavlyuchenkova and Svitolina, they crossed each other on the courts 4 times. All 4 meetings were held hard. Account in personal meetings is 3:1 in favor of the Russian woman. Matches ended twice in 3 sets. Even where there was a 2-0 game score, there was always an intense struggle for each game. This is confirmed by the match in Tokyo, where Elina won, but the score was 7:6, 6:4. In general, this time we expect a serious confrontation, which may drag on. Both athletes need playing practice on clay in front of the prestigious TBS Roland Garros 2020, so hardly anyone will immediately give up and lose with a crushing score.Last season Pavlyuchenkova was eliminated in the first round here in Rom, whereas Svitolina was eliminated in the second. So this season both have something to prove on Italian courts.
Thus, the forecast for the match Pavlyuchenkova - Svitolina: Total is more in games (20.5), coefficient 1.71 on the line of the legal bookmaker's office 1xBet.
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