Stephens vs Svitolina
SF match in Montreal between Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina.
Sloane looks completely ready for a final and why not for anything bigger in Canada. Her 1st serve percentage is very high during the tournament- over 70%, which is expected to give Svitolina less chances for breaks. She doesn't lose a single set in this tournament against Abanda, Sevastova and Suarez Navarro, while Svitolina came out of the death during a lot of sets till now- it was 1:1 sets and 0:3 down in the 3rd against Buzarnescu, when Elina leveled the games and Mihaela got a serious injury and retired from the match. Last round against Mertens she also started so slowly being 0:4 down in the 1st set, but somehow turned the match in her favour. Stephens is not that kind of player who can be beaten easily if she is in such position.
Elina is defending her title in Canada, but in comparison with the last season when she was so solid and destroyed players like Venus Williams, Halep and Wozniacki giving them 2.3 or 4 games, now she is obviously struggling on the court. Stephens also had a good run to the SFs in Canada during the last season losing to Wozniacki, but maybe all of us remember what happened a few weeks after that- she became Grand slam champion in US Open and that unlocked her real power. It was followed by another impressive performance in Roland Garros with a final in Paris.
So, what's the morale of the story- don't play against Stephens, when is looking obviously in form! When we take it's 1:1 H2H after two matches in 2014- on hard courts in Australia Stepens won in straight sets, while on clay in Charleston Svitolina took the win in straight sets, I can't go against Stephens here. Easy or hard, in straight or in three sets, I am picking the American in this match.
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Stephens vs Svitolina prediction
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