Italian Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Elina Svitolina vs Iga Swiatek Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 05/14/2021, 1:10 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat


The WTA Italian Open 2021 has been the center stage for some exhilarating tennis in the last five days. Now, the event is ready to raise the stakes even higher. For a seat in the semifinals, the Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina and the reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek will lock horns together.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Iga Swiatek: Preview

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As consistent as ever, the 26-year-old Elina Svitolina has reached another quarterfinal in 2021. Notably, the Italian Open 2021 will mark her sixth quarterfinal appearance in nine tournaments.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Before coming to Rome, the World No.5 made it into two consecutive semifinals in Miami and Stuttgart. However, an opening-round upset followed her previous success in Madrid Open.

Regrouping herself, Elina dispatched the talented American Amanda Anisimova and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza in Rome. She will look forward to maintaining her winning ways ahead.

Across the net, the 19-year-old Polish star Iga Swiatek also looks determined to find glory at the Italian Open. Surviving 5 hours and 6 minutes of tennis so far, she has made it into the last 16.

Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 3, 2021 Poland’s Iga Swiatek in action during her round of 16 match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Moreover, Iga surmounted two close encounters at the Italian Open. She saw off a set point against American Madison Keys and recovered a set loss facing Czech professional Barbora Krejcikova.

However, the young aspirant will now face her biggest challenge of the tournament. It begs the question – can Swiatek continue to survive in Rome?

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Svitolina vs. Swiatek: Head-to-Head

Interestingly, the duo has never met each other on a tennis court before. Thus, it will be the first time Svitolina and Swiatek will experience each other’s game.

Given their extending success in WTA, this match would not be their last career meeting. But it is almost tempting to see who gets the first mark in their head-to-head battles.

Svitolina vs. Swiatek: Prediction

Without a doubt, Elina would be wary of her next opponent’s authority on clay. Thus, she will need a solid strategy to push Iga off her disciplined gameplay.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in action during her semi final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

To do so, first and foremost, the Ukrainian must use her variety of shots extensively in this match. Additionally, she has to find a way to keep the rallies short and construct points accordingly.

However, the new World No.15 carries a formidable grit, unlike any other WTA player. She will want to stay in the match in any condition.

But compared to her 5 hours spent in Rome, Elina has churned less than 3. Consequently, it could be the only reason why Iga will not see the Italian Open semifinals.

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Above all, it is the birth of a new rivalry, and fans will not miss it at any cost. Who are you supporting, Svitolina or Swiatek?

Prediction: Elina to win in straight sets.

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