Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Wozniacki WTA Toronto tennis preview, predictions and tips: Svitolina and Wozniacki battle for Rogers Cup silverware

Andrew Hendrie in WTA 13 Aug 2017
  • Elina Svitolina vs Caroline Wozniacki is live from Toronto at 1.30pm local time on Sunday (6.30pm BST)
  • Svitolina has won both their previous meetings, including in the Dubai final earlier this season
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis
Elina Svitolina (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

On a 14-match winning streak at WTA Premier 5 tournaments in 2017, can Elina Svitolina capture another title on Sunday when she faces Caroline Wozniacki in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto?

Watch and bet on Svitolina vs Wozniacki live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. The final begins at 1.30pm local time on Sunday (6.30pm BST).

A tremendous Rogers Cup final awaits in Toronto on Sunday as Elina Svitolina looks to collect her third WTA Premier 5 title of the season against Caroline Wozniacki, who’s attempting to snap a five-match losing streak in finals this year. Wozniacki (46) and Svitolina (43) lead the tour in total match wins in 2017, but it’s the Ukrainian who has the silverware in the trophy cabinet to back those results up, including beat Wozniacki in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Full of confidence after a magical Saturday in which she conquered two top four players in a day, is Svitolina headed for her fifth title of the season? Or will Wozniacki overturn a 0-2 record against her and her 0-5 finals record in 2017 to claim a second Rogers Cup crown? It promises to be a cracking contest as Svitolina and Wozniacki take to court at 1.30pm local time on Sunday (6.30pm BST).

When Elina Svitolina woke up on Saturday morning, she couldn’t possibly have imagined her day going any better than it did. Hitting the reset button after dropping the first set to Garbine Muguruza before rain abandoned their quarter-final clash on Friday night, Svitolina returned to court in blistering fashion, breaking the Wimbledon champion seven times to complete a marvellous comeback, winning 4-6 6-4 6-3. But the best was yet to come, with Svitolina coming back just hours later to demolish second seed and defending champion Simona Halep 6-1 6-1 in just 56 minutes.

It was a mental and physical battle for Svitolina, with the 22-year-old having to combine the rigours of playing two matches in a day with her nightmarish memories of the French Open, where Halep recovered from a set and 5-1 down and saving match point to upstage her in the quarter-finals. However there was no repeat of that thrilling Paris duel, with Svitolina showcasing some steely resolve during what could have been some nervy final moments, closing out the match efficiently and not giving the Romanian the chance to put some pressure on.

Svitolina’s performances on Saturday were outstanding, but we shouldn’t really be surprised at her quality after compiling such a strong season to date, of course highlighted by two Premier 5 titles at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (beating Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki) and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (defeating Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep). Svitolina has also captured WTA International titles in Chinese Taipei and Istanbul, made her second grand slam quarter-final at the French Open and reached the R16 at Wimbledon for the first time, along with progressing to the semi-finals in Brisbane at the beginning of the season.

A more aggressive approach while maintaining a solid base level and counterpunching style in which the foundation for her overall game is laid has been the catalyst for Svitolina’s remarkable rise to No. 5 in the world this season, while her ability to finish off points with winners has been instrumental in the Ukrainian registering wins over all of the world’s top four players (and a 7-1 record overall in 2017 vs top five opposition). Can Svitolina cap another stellar tournament with a fifth title and third WTA Premier 5 crown of 2017?

Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki, the 2010 Rogers Cup champion when the event was held in Montreal, will have other ideas. But the 27-year-old will have to contend with some mental scars of her own on Sunday, with Wozniacki losing all five finals she’s contested in 2017, while she’s also lost nine of her last 12 title matches dating back to the US Open final in 2014.

Nevertheless, Wozniacki hasn’t put a foot wrong so far in Toronto, beginning her campaign with crushing straight sets wins over rising star Ekaterina Alexandrova and long-time rival and former champion Agnieszka Radwanska. World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova was waiting in the quarter-finals, but Wozniacki was up to the challenge, staging a tremendous comeback in which she recovered from 1-5 down in the opening set and 2-4 in the third to register a 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4 victory - her first over a No. 1 ranked player. With a sixth final of the season in her sights, Wozniacki was ruthless in her semi-final duel with Sloane Stephens, barely putting a foot wrong in a rock-solid 6-2 6-3 win, ending the dream run of the resurgent American with authority.

Firmly entrenched in the top 10 and leading the tour with the most match wins of the season, it’s been an amazing last 12 months for Wozniacki, who’s own resurgence began at the end of last season with a run to the US Open semi-finals and a pair of titles in Tokyo and Hong Kong - results which elevated her back into the top 20 after hitting as low as the 70s before New York. Wozniacki has climbed even higher in 2017, with her five runner-up finishes in Doha, Dubai, Miami, Eastbourne and Bastad helping her climb back inside the top 10.

Having never won a match in Toronto in five previous visits before this week, can Wozniacki secure a Canada double on Sunday? It will of course require another monumental effort. There’s no doubt Wozniacki is back to her brilliant, consistent best, but the problem is Svitolina is equipped with the same style while also adding more weapons to her repertoire - meaning if she remains rock-solid and strikes when the rally warrants it, she should be in control of most of the baseline exchanges. Svitolina crushed Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 in the final of Dubai (and also won their only other meeting in three sets in Miami last year), and with the way she’s currently playing (coupled with Wozniacki’s recent woes in finals), I’ve got no reason to back against her on Sunday. Expect Svitolina to maintain her undefeated streak in WTA Premier 5 tournaments in 2017 and pick up a maiden Rogers Cup crown.

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