Accessory: (2) Aryna Sabalenka vs. (PR) Elina Svitolina.
Date: June 6, 2023.
Tournament: French Open 2023.
Round: Quarter finals.
Event: Paris France.
Category: Grand Slam.
Surface: Outdoor mud.
prize money: €49,600,000.
live broadcast: USA – Tennis Channel, NBC Sports, Peacock TV | Canada – TSN | United Kingdom – Eurosport | India – Sony Ten.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elina Svitolina preview
World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka will take on Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals of the 2023 French Open on Tuesday.
With wins over Marta Kostyuk, Iryna Shymanovich and Kamila Rakhimova, Sabalenka reached the fourth round in Paris for the first time. She faced 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Sabalenka got off to a fast start and took a 5-0 lead. Stephens raised his level and staged a fight to level the score, also saving four set points. The Belarusian plucked up her courage and managed to claim the set by gaining the upper hand in the tiebreaker that followed.
Sabalenka led 4-2 in the second set, but Stephens once again pushed deep to level the score. However, her comeback went nowhere as the 25-year-old took the next two games to win the match 7-6(5), 6-4.
Svitolina defeated Martina Trevisan, Storm Hunter and Anna Blinkova to reach the fourth round, where she faced World No.9 Daria Kasatkina. The Ukrainian broke her opponent’s serve twice and went up 4-1 in the first set.
Kasatkina was able to win back one of the breaks, but Svitolina still managed to hold the lead to clinch the set. After five breaks of serve between the duo in the second set, the Ukrainian was 4-3 up. She served for the contest at 5-4 and even had a match point, but was unable to close it out.
Svitolina broke her opponent’s serve once more to go up 6-5, but was also unable to finish the match on her second attempt. She finally did her job in the tie-break to win the match 6-4, 7-6(5).
Aryna Sabalenka vs. Elina Svitolina head to head
The two have split their previous two meetings evenly to draw head-to-head at 1-1. Svitolina won their last meeting at the 2020 Strasbourg Open in straight sets.
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elina Svitolina odds
(Odds come from BetMGM)
Aryna Sabalenka vs Elina Svitolina prediction
Both players weathered the storm from their opponents and their own mistakes in the previous round. Sabalenka blew away a healthy lead in the first set, while Svitolina tightened her serve for the match twice.
Svitolina feasted on Kasatkina’s serve in the last round, but she may not be able to do the same against the great Sabalenka. The Belarusian won 77% of her first serve points against Stephens. Her ground game, though different in execution, resulted in the same statistic, with more unforced errors than winners.
Sabalenka’s relentless and aggressive brand of tennis could overwhelm Svitolina. However, the Ukrainian’s overall consistency could prompt the world No. 2 to make more and more mistakes.
With the two trying to reach the semifinals here for the first time, their nerves aren’t going to abate anytime soon. As Svitolina’s clay-court resume is relatively better than Sabalenka’s, she will be the slight favorite to win this match.
Choose: Elina Svitolina wins in three sets.