Elina Svitolina (@1.6) vs Venus Williams (@2.37)
28-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Elina Svitolina will win

Elina Svitolina – Venus Williams Match Prediction | 28-08-2019 13:00

The American should have the advantage here and will be close to unbeatable if she can once again put up winners numbers like she did in round one. It will be the second time this matchup happens at a slam in 2019 with Svitolina coming out on top at Roland Garros. It was not a surprising result there with Venus struggling on clay, even at her peak for the most part.

Elina Svitolina has played just five sets on clay since last years French Open, and she enters this tournament on a four-match losing streak. Svitolina is coming off a three sets loss in Rome where she had eight double faults, won just 42 percent of her total service points and was broken 10 times. Its been about three years since weve seen Svitolina struggle the way she has these past few tournaments. Svitolina has lost her last three matches on clay court. Svitolina has lost in the first round of a grand slam just once since 2015. Svitolina has been broken a combined 18 times in her last three matches and hasnt won a match since the quarterfinals in Indian Wells.

Clay is Svitolinas best surface whilst clay has always been considered the Americans least preferred surface. Most of the key factors seemingly favour Svitolina heading into this match. Svitolina is in the prime of her career whilst Williams is in overtime. One of the most intriguing opening round matches at Roland Garros sees Elina Svitolina take on the legend that is Venus Williams.

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Venus Williams vs Elina Svitolina H2H

Jim:After destroying Camila Giorgi for the loss of just one game in the first round, Sakkari will surely be full of belief that she can manufacture a deep run in New York. She may not have things all her own way against Peng, however, with the Chinese woman in good shape after coming through the qualifier.

She beat Fiona Ferro, her first-round opponent in Paris, there and that will surely give her real confidence heading into this clash. Jim Smith:After an exceedingly difficult 18 months, Kristina Mladenovic showed why she once broke into the Top 10 in Rome, where she battled into the quarterfinals as a qualifier.

The fifth seed will present a huge test for the veteran American, one that she may well struggle to pass. Jim:Williams made a very fast start to her US Open campaign, but so too did Svitolina.

Venus has won two of her last three matches on clay court. Venus has lost in the first round of a grand slam three times since 2016. Maybe this could be one of those tournaments. These days, Venus can be struggling with her form and make things difficult on herself, but she always has these moments where shes able to grind out victories and surprise people. Venus also appears to be ealing with some minor injuries to maybe her right arm and leg, and she isnt always moving well. Venus is coming off a straight sets loss to Johanna Konta where she won 50 percent of her total services points and was broken five times. Venus Williams has played just five sets in the last couple of months, so its going to be interesting to see if shes able to get in playing shape on the fly and be a factor in this tournament.

That means that we at LWOT will be predicting every single match from here on out. Predicting today are Tracey Essex, Jim Smith, and Damian Kust. In addition to this set, we have three more. The second round is set to begin at the US Open. Another features Serena Williams vs Caty McNally. Each set of predictions contains four matches. One set headlines Iga Swiatek vs Anastasija Sevastova. Both Williams sisters play on Wednesday. And the final one highlights Lauren Davis vs Ashleigh Barty. Were sharing our thoughts. Will they both move on?

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It was a great opening set from the Ukranian though, who broke four times to take it. She had to break to stay in the second set at 4-5 but did so as part of a run of three games to close out the match. She advanced in straights 6-1 7-5 againstWhitney Osuigwe but had to be alert to see off the threat of the 17 year old, who was impressive in the second set and could well have taken it. Svitolina will go from playing one of the top young Americans to the oldest American singles pro in the space of two matches.

At the age of 39, Venus Williams will be hoping for one last strong run at the US Open this fortnight. The two time champion will playElina Svitolina in what is a tough looking quarter of the draw. The winner of thisis likely to play Dayana Yastremska while the in-form pairing of Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin are the next seeds up.

Jim:Its been a difficult patch for Elina Svitolina of late, who despite her obvious talent, continues to struggle at the Slams. The American may not be the force she once was, but shes an experienced campaigner with real power at her disposal. And she seems certain to be tested against Venus Williams. Probably not. Will that be enough to help her past Svitolina?