Anastasija Sevastova vs Elina Svitolina
WTA Miami 2021 - Mar, 31st 2021.
Closing odds - money line
A. Sevastova vs E. Svitolina Prediction (from BetzCenter's Experts)
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Svitolina Bids to reach first Semi-Final
Women's singles events are usually full of surprises. It's been rather restrained in the Miami Open with five of the top seeds in the last eight. That includes fifth seeded Elina Svitolina, who takes on unseeded Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the semi-finals. For both players it'd be their first time in the last four of the Miami Open. The winner of this match takes on either Ashleigh Barty or Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-finals.
Svitolina is a former world number three but hasn't won a tournament since last September. That victory came in Strasbourg on clay. Since then, she's been rather inconsistent and suffered her fair share of surprise defeats.
This is her fifth quarter final since that win in France. Not one of the previous four have seen her go on to reach the last four. All four defeats were against lower ranked players. That includes a loss at last year's French Open to Nadia Podoroska, ranked 141 at the time but up to 48 now. Look out for her in the upcoming clay tournaments.
Svitolina reached the last 16 of the 2021 Australian Open, losing to Jessica Pegula. The Ukranian was the top seed for the Dubai Tennis Championship held earlier this month. She lost in three sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova in her first match.
The best Svitolina has managed in previous Miami Open tournaments was the last eight in 2018. This year has seen her again having a struggle to stay in the tournament. The second round saw her go a set down to Shelby Rogers and it was the same story in the last 16 against Petra Kvitova. The first set was lost 6-2 but the next two won by Svitolina 7-5 7-5. As good as that result was, there's always the fear that Svitolina will suffer a surprise loss.
Sevastova Out to Shock another Seed
Her opponent is ranked 57th in the world. The live rankings have her up to 47 so it's been a good week for her. This is her second quarter final of the year, the other being in the Adelaide Classic. Sevatsova had a win over Carolina Garcia in that event but lost in three sets to Jil Tiechmann in the last eight.
That was an improvement on her performance in the first Grand Slam of the year. Sevastova lost in the first round to Kaia Kanepi, winning just four games. Last year saw her fail to get past the second round of a Grand Slam. Her record in the top events is a rather strange one. Between 2016 and 2018, Sevastova reached two Grand Slam quarter finals and a semi-final, all in the US Open. Since then, just a couple of fourth rounds, neither in New York.
Her last tournament was in Dubai, losing in the last 32 against Karolina Pliskova. She had her chances to win that though, leading by a set and going into a second set tie-break. Eventually, Sevastova lost in three sets to the second seed.
This is her first time past the third round of the Miami Open. She had to go to three sets in her matches against qualifier Olga Danilovic and Coco Gauff. The latter saw her have to recover from losing the first set 6-1. There was a bit of luck in round three as scheduled opponent Simona Halep withdrew due to injury. In the fourth round, she won in straight sets against Aja Konjuh, who had beaten Iga Swiatek in round three.
Sevastova has lost two of her three previous meetings with Svitolina. Her only win came at the 2018 US Open. Their most recent match was at Beijing in 2019 when Svitolina came from a set down to beat Sevastova. This Miami Open clash could go either way if Svitolina is having one of her not so top ten ranked days. A bet on this going to three sets looks a good one to make with Svitolina the slight favourite to progress.