Ashleigh Barty vs Elina Svitolina: Stuttgart Open: Prediction | Preview | H2H Analysis
Top seed Ashleigh Barty sets up a terrific tussle against the fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the semifinals of the WTA-500 Stuttgart Open.
Barty vs Svitolina: Stuttgart Open Preview
Ashleigh Barty had a wobbly start in her quarterfinals match against Karolina Pliskova. She lost the first set 6-2 but bounced back strongly to clinch the second set 6-1.
In the decider, the Australian was trailing 3-5 and Pliskova was serving for the match. But, the World number 1 summoned all her determination and grit to take four games in a row to win the third set 7-5 and storm into the semifinals.
Overall, A. Barty won 78.9% of her first-serve points and 64.1% of return points on the second serve.
On the other hand, Elina Svitolina too made a tremendous come-from-behind win after trailing 7-6(4) 5-2 against Petra Kvitova.
The Ukrainian took five games in a row in the second set to grab it 7-5 after saving two match points. A couple of service breaks against the defending champion Kvitova was more than enough for Svitolina as she claimed the third set 6-2. to book her spot in the last four.
Elina Svitolina saved an impressive 13 out of 16 breakpoints. The Ukrainian also smashed 7 aces and bagged 72.7% of points on her first-serve.
The semifinal match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM Central European Time.
Ashleigh Barty vs Elina Svitolina: Head to Head Record
Svitolina leads the head to head record 5-2 against Barty. This is their first clash on the clay surface in the Stuttgart Open.
A.Barty vs E.Svitolina: Stuttgart Open Key Stats
- Ashleigh Barty is playing her third semifinal of 2021 (Yarra Valley Classic, Miami Open and Stuttgart Open)
- Barty has won eight matches in a row against top-10 ranked players.
- Elina Svitolina has reached back-to-back semifinals in the WTA-1000 Miami Open and the Stuttgart Open.
- Barty has smashed the highest number of aces on the 2021 WTA Tour with a whopping 127 in 19 matches.
- Svitolina and Barty have committed an equal number of double faults (60) each in the 2021 season.
- Barty has won 79.6% of her service games which is the highest among all players in 2021.
A.Barty vs E.Svitolina: Stuttgart Open Game Analysis
Barty is a smart tactical player and her main weapons are delicate short slices and line-to-line passing shots. The Australian must improve her consistency in serving out games having committed 5 double faults in the previous match against Pliskova.
Svitolina found her range in the second and third sets by winning 11 out of the last 13 games in the Stuttgart Open quarterfinals match against the 7th seed Kvitova. The Ukrainian's return of Kvitova's second serve was consistent as she grabbed 66.7% of points.
While Barty has an all-round game that can trouble opponents, Svitolina is a delightful shot-maker with tremendous returning power off both the forehand and backhand wings. The Ukrainian can also finish off rallies efficiently at the net with passing winners.
Ashleigh Barty will look to handle the big-serving game of Svitolina with her slice-drop shot combination. The fast indoor conditions of the Stuttgart Open suit the Australian's game.
A. Barty vs E. Svitolina: Stuttgart Open Prediction
With both the player having made terrific comebacks from precarious situations in their last matches, the Stuttgart Open semi-final encounter could also go down to the wire.
Barty's composure under pressure could make the difference though Svitolina can test her severely with her brilliant game from the baseline.
Prediction - Ashleigh Barty to win in three sets against Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Open.