Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(5) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova
Elina Svitolina enters Roland Garros on a high, the Ukrainian arrives at Roland Garros with newfound expectations at this level and has emerged as a genuine contender to win the title. Svitolina had the perfect preparation for Paris, winning the biggest title of her career at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. On the other her first round opponent, Yaroslava Shvedova has really struggled in 2017 but still looms as a dangerous opponent and will take some confidence into this match knowing that she defeated Svitolina in their only previous meeting at Wimbledon last year.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R1 Match Preview
🇷🇸 Jelena Jankovic vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova
A fascinating opening round match in Miami sees two veterans of the tour go head-to-head, Jelena Jankovic and Yaroslava Shvedova. Both Jankovic and Shvedova have struggled to produce their best tennis in 2017 but both will be hopeful that will change soon, especially after seeing so many of their fellow competitors playing their career best tennis in their 30’s. Jankovic has a dominant record over Shvedova but her recent form suggests that this match is far from a certainty.
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Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Third Round 🇨🇳
(4) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova
Simona Halep will be searching for her first win over Yaroslava Shvedova when the pair meet at the third round stage of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Shvedova eased past Halep 6-4 6-2 in their only previous meeting which took place at the 2012 Olympics on the grass of SW19. Shvedova enters this third round clash in great form and looms as a real threat to the fourth seeded Romanian.
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Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Second Round 🇨🇳
(13) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova
Two veterans of the tour will go head-to-head in what should be a tight second round match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday. Vinci and Shvedova both won through to the second round with convincing straight set wins, both have been in good form of late.
Roberta Vinci has solidified her spot in the top 20 in season 2016, thanks largely to a solid run to the quarter-finals at the U.S Open earlier this month. Vinci was on a hot streak this time last year as she went on to reach the semi-finals in Wuhan, the zippy surface seems to suit the Italian. Vinci’s 2016 Wuhan campaign got off to a flying start on Sunday when she comfortably dispatched Monica Puig 6-3 6-3, Vinci served particularly well throughout the match as she served 7 aces and did not face a break point for the entire match.
Yaroslava Shvedova also arrived in Wuhan with confidence after a pleasing run to the second week in New York earlier this month. The Kazakh is competing in Wuhan for the very first time and made a near flawless start on Sunday when she thumped Saisai Zheng 6-0 6-3. Shvedova was unstoppable in the first set before holding off a late fightback from Zheng. Shvedova also went through her opening match without being broken, a good sign for Shvedova.
This looks like a rare match-up on the WTA tour where holding serve is very important, particularly on this surface. This is an old-school match-up between two players that frequently move forward to the net, both have great volleying technique. There is little to separate the pair, but Vinci seemingly has a slight edge.
The Italian holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Shvedova. It was the Kazakh who won their most recent match earlier this year, a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win in Dubai. I suspect Vinci will avenge that loss on this occasion, both are capable of taking care of their service games but Vinci’s baseline game is generally more consistent and therefore she will win in this match-up more often than not.
Prediction: Roberta Vinci to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in 3 sets
Wimbledon 🇬🇧 Second Round Match Preview + Prediction
🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova vs (17) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina
Yaroslava Shvedova and Elina Svitolina will go head-to-head for the first time on Wednesday when they meet at the second round stage at Wimbledon. This is a fascinating match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles and level of experience. Shvedova is far more experienced and far more powerful and aggressive whilst the younger Svitolina relies on consistency and her superior movement, a clear contrast in styles.
Yaroslava Shvedova has all the weapons to be force on a grass court. The Kazakh has advanced to the second week at the All England Club on two previous occasions and seemingly has another one (maybe more) deep runs left in her. Shvedova’s singles form in the lead-up to Wimbledon has been very disappointing having lost 9 of her last 10 matches. Nevertheless, Shvedova managed to claim one of her most impressive wins of the season in her opening match in London, defeating Julia Goerges 7-5 6-4. Shvedova served particularly well throughout the match and will need her serve to fire in her second round clash with Svitolina if she is to claim an upset victory.
Elina Svitolina has never been particularly comfortable on a grass court. The young Ukrainian’s game is far better suited to a clay court and her results at Roland Garros compared to Wimbledon over the years make this very clear. Elina has advanced to the second week in Paris on two occasions (from four appearances) but has only won 2 matches at Wimbledon. One of those victories was on Monday where Svitolina claimed a reasonably comfortable 6-2 6-3 win over Naomi Broady to advance to the second round. Elina was solid from the baseline and managed to roll through the match without facing a break point.
This match is clearly an opportunity for Shvedova. The result of this match is almost entirely based on Yaroslava’s level of play. The Kazakh’s recent results suggest that she is not playing well enough to win this match but there is no doubt that Shvedova is capable of producing a level of tennis that can beat Svitolina on this surface. There were some good signs for the Kazakh on Monday in her first round match and she is experienced enough to know that this is a good opportunity for her, I think Shvedova will raise her level for this match and ultimately overpower the Ukrainian who is not comfortable on a grass court.
Prediction: Yaroslava Shvedova to defeat Elina Svitolina in 3 sets