Svitolina vs Cornet
2nd round in Birmingham and a match between Elina Svitolina and Alize Cornet.
I will not surprise anyone if I say Elina is the big favorite in this match and it's obvious it is going to be a matter of time to progress to the QFs.The Ukrainian had a very tough draw in the 1st round to face Donna Vekic, but succeeded to beat her in three sets. The win was much easier than the expected one with full dominance during the 1st and the 3rd set winning them 6:1/ 6:1, but in the 2nd Svitolina had an advantage of a break- 3:2 and 40:15 on serve, but out of nowhere she found the way to be broken and the downfall started losing all the games in the set for 3:6. I don't expect such downfalls will happen against Cornet tomorrow!
Cornet started with a comeback against Ekaterina Makarova from set behind. Of course, something typical for Cornet happened again- she had more DFs than aces, but what to expect with such weak 2nd serve..Infact Cornet played really good in the 2nd and 3rd set against her Russian player, but against the Ukrainian aggression I don't think she will have that comfort not to be punished often after her 2nd serves. Also her results on grass during the last seasons are awful- last year she won just one set in three matches against similar player like her- Camila Giorgi. When we add the fact Svitolina served almost perfect in her match against an opponent like Donna Vekic who is in hot form and proved that she can play succeesfully on grass...Cornet chances are very low to take something here.
As a conclusion to the preview I will add that they have 5 matches and first two of them were in the period when Svitolina didn't shine on the big stage as 18 years old teenager, while Cornet was close to N30 and was favorite against her. Svitolina recorded two losses in these matches, but after that- 3 wins in STRAIGHT sets ( RG 2015, Rome 2017 and Madrid 2018). The win during 2018 in Madrid was really convincing- 6:2 6:2, so I don't think anything will change tomorrow. Svitolina is just better player than Alize- the Ukrainian is looking even for the 1st place in the ranking and maybe sooner or later she will reach it, because we know how often WTA players change this place, especially after Grand Slams and Serena pregnancy and period out of the tours. While Cornet..her best years looked over. She is trying to keep herself in top 50 with a lot of tournaments being played, but after 30, she will have to reduce them for sure. Elina to win in straight sets, that's my pick here!
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Svitolina vs Cornet prediction
|Svitolina -1.5 Sets||Pinnacle||1.70||10||2-0 WON (+7 units)|