Sakkari vs Svitolina: who will leave the Tokyo tournament?
On July 27, Maria Sakkari and Elina Svitolina will determine a quarter-finalist of the Olympic tournament at Tokyo. Who will record a victory? You can find out in our prediction.
Maria Sakkari's most successful tournament in 2021 is Roland Garros. Greek player was close to the final at Paris, but failed to beat Krejcikova in the semi-final (5:7, 6:4, 7:9). On the next Grand Slam tournament in London Maria was less successful, she was beaten in the second round by Shelby Rogers (5:7, 4:6).
Then she had a break, which was essential to prepare for the Olympic Games at Tokyo. Since the first round Sakkari had to play against dangerous opponents, but she managed to beat Anett Kontaveit (7:5, 6:2) and then she secured a crushing victory over the Serbian player Nina Stojanovic (6:1, 6:2). It is very important that Maria kept a lot of energy for the round of 16.
Just like her opponent, Elina Svitolina put up a disappointing performance on the Wimbledon, losing in the second round to Magda Linette (3:6, 4:6). There were concerns that wedding with Gael Monfils will distract the Ukrainian player and she won't perform successfully at Tokyo. But Elina managed to reach the round of 16.
Two first matches at Tokyo were not easy for the Ukrainian player. In the first one she almost blew her lead over Laura Siegemund (6:3, 5:7, 6:4). In the second round Svitolina recorded a comeback victory over Ajla Tomljanovic (4:6, 6:3, 6:4).
Now she will play against a dangerous opponent, Sakkari. Svitolina played three times against Maria and managed to win only once, on grass surface.
In each of three head-to-head matches no more than nine games were played in the first set
In two out of three head-to-head matches Svitolina and Sakkari played tiebreaks
Greek player has an advantage on head-to-head matches. Sakkari also played better in first two matches at Tokyo. We think that Svitolina's miseries and her tournament path will come to an end in the round of 16.
Our prediction - Sakkari to win with a handicap of (-3) games
Prediction: Handicap (-3) on Sakkari
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Svitolina always fights until the end, even when she plays badly. In our prediction we are expecting at least 20 games to be played, this bet won in two out of three head-to-head matches between these players.
Our second bet is on total over 20 games