Seeded no.4, after a couple of “easy” matches in the first 2 rounds, Naomi had to battle hard against Su-Wei Hsieh and Anastasija Sevastova to recover from a 1-set down on both occasions. The Japanese is showing an exceptional grit and maturity to always find a solution while struggling.
Ranked no.7, Elina is playing an excellent tournament. Similarly to Naomi Osaka, Svitolina had a smooth ride in the first 2 rounds to then win a couple of tough 3-setters against Shuai Zhang and Medison Keys. Svitolina is also hitting the headlines in this Australian Open after she “officialized” that she is dating Gael Monfils.
This will be the 3rd time that Naomi and Elina play each other. The H2H is 3-2 for Svitolina that has defeated the Japanese twice in 2018. The favorite is Naomi Osaka, but this match can go either way.
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