2019 Wimbledon Championships – Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep taking place? All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London

When is Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep on and what time does it start? Thursday 11th July, 2019 – (not before) TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep? Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a temperature around 23c

What channel is Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep on? Matches will air on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC Red Button throughout the tournament

Where can I stream Elina Svitolina vs Simona Halep? BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport website / BBC Sport app

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THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Elina Svitolina 4-2 Simona Halep
Last meeting:
Simona Halep beat Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

ELINA SVITOLINA

  • Elina Svitolina almost lost the first set of her quarter-final match with Karolina Muchova but rallied to win in straight sets to face Simona Halep in the semi-finals.
  • The Ukrainian is through to her first ever semi-final at a Grand Slam on what is probably her least-favoured surface, as suggested by her poor grass-court tournaments coming into Wimbledon.
  • Svitolina will face former world number one Halep for a seventh time in her career with a healthy 4-2 lead in career meetings.

SIMONA HALEP

  • Simona Halep fought back from a break down in the first set against Zhang Shuai to force a tie-break and then win five games in a row for a straight-sets quarter-final victory.
  • The Romanian former world number will face eighth-seed Elina Svitolina whom she beat in three sets in their previous meeting.
  • After an indifferent grass-court season building up Wimbledon Halep has found her rhythm at the right time to reach only her second ever semi-final at this Grand Slam.

THE PREDICTION

The semi-finals of Wimbledon is a fantastic setting for Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep to play their first meeting on grass, which is probably neither player’s favoured surface. Simona Halep is on the wrong end of a 4-2 head-to-head record but did beat Svitolina in Doha on clay earlier this year and has the far better Grand Slam form. Halep and Svitolina have won one semi-final each within their head-to-head record, to further muddy the waters, but Simona Halep won their only previous meeting at a Grand Slam with a quarter-final win at Roland-Garros in 2017. The Romanian will fight until the end and should prevail.