2019 US Open – Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta on and what time does it start? Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 – TBC (UK)

Where is Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta taking place? Flushing Meadows, New York

What is the expected weather for Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta? Sunny, 26c

What channel is Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta on? The US Open will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta? Amazon Prime have the rights to the US Open in the UK so it is worth checking their schedule for streaming times

Where can I get tickets for Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/ticket_plans.html

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Elina Svitolina beat Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4

ELINA SVITOLINA

  • Elina Svitolina has gone under the radar slightly at the US Open but is completely justifying her seeding at fifth in the women’s draw after a succession of straight-sets victories, including her round of 16 clash with Madison Keys.
  • The 24-year-old Ukrainian has had her most successful season to date at Grand Slams, adding this quarter-final (her best at a US Open) to another quarter at the Australian Open and a semi-final at Wimbledon.
  • Svitolina has never lost to Jo Konta in three previous WTA tour meetings, all of which have come on hard courts, although their quarter-final in Brisbane last year was going the Brit’s way before she was forced to retire.

JOHANNA KONTA

  • Johanna Konta answered a lot of critics with her three-set comeback against big-hitting Karolina Pliskova, managing to break the Czech’s serve five times whilst facing down 16 aces.
  • After losing the first set to a tie-break, the British number one was at her most fierce and focused and she is looking clinical at this tournament, evidenced in her second match in a row with no double faults.
  • This is 28-year-old Konta’s third successive Grand Slam quarter-final and she is something of a big-match player with a WTA ranking of 16th in the world not quite doing her justice on her day, as so many other seeds continue to drop out early.

THE PREDICTION

Not many people would have attested to picking Johanna Konta to beat third seed Karolina Pliskova, but the British number one has grown with confidence into this tournament and her uncanny ability to restart after every lost point suits a Grand Slam campaign well. Elina Svitolina, however, has looked even more assured so far at Flushing Meadows and the Ukrainian fifth seed has never lost to Konta in three previous WTA Tour matches. Like her match with Pliskova, Konta might not be able to win from the front, but something in Svitolina’s performance in the latter stages of Wimbledon suggests she would suffer worse for losing a set than Konta, whose mentality is her greatest strength.

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