Petra Martic vs Elina Svitolina Tennis Prediction
All of the pair’s three meetings has happened on clay courts, with Svitolina leading 2-1. They first met at 2013 Katowice when Martic defeated #90 Svitolina in a three-setter. But, a much more experienced Ukrainian prevailed in their latest meeting at 2017 Roland Garros.
Elina Svitolina News
Elina Svitolina lifted the Internazionali BNL d’Italia title in 2017 by defeating three top 10 opponents (#2 Pliskova, #3 Muguruza and #6 Halep) as part of her impressive three straight Premier 5 title victories last season, other ones being Dubai and Toronto.
The Ukrainian has a 37-17 record at Premier 5 tournaments (.685), including a 6-3 record at Rome. Svitolina, who has received a first-round bye, is 15-4 in matches directly following a bye, including winning all of her last eight such matches.
Svitolina, the winner of eleven career titles, successfully defended her Dubai title earlier this year (d. Kasatkina, Kerber, and Osaka). It was the second time in her career that she had defended a title, after Baku (2013-14).
Petra Martic News
Petra Martic is through to the second round of Rome after dominating the opening round match against Lesia Tsurenko, winning seven straight games at one point and defending all six break points to secure the win (6-1 6-2) in an hour and 36 minutes.
This time last year, Martic was ranked #327 and playing an ITF in Germany. She went on to post her first slam fourth round at Roland Garros (d. Sevastova and Keys). Since then, she has posted fourth rounds at Wimbledon, Australian Open and a quarterfinal at Indian Wells.
Martic is seeking her career’s best win-by-rank, having defeated #5 Petra Kvitova at 2012 Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo). Her next top 10 win since 2012 would come at this year’s Indian Wells, where she defeated #6 Ostapenko (6-3 6-3).
Tennis Prediction: Elina Svitolina