Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko WTA Miami tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Svitolina and Ostapenko battle for maiden Miami semi

Leye Aduloju in WTA 28 Mar 2018
  • Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST
  • Ostapenko won their only previous meeting at Wimbledon last year
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Miami online at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Elina Svitolina. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapenko meet for just the second time on Wednesday when both ladies battle for a semi-final spot at the Miami Open.

Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko WTA Miami Open tennis is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST 
Watch and bet on tennis live from Miami online at Unibet > live streaming > tennis

Svitolina has once again been a beacon of consistency on the WTA Tour in 2018, already up to 18-3 within the first three months of the year. The Ukrainian, who led the tour with five titles last year, already has two titles in the bag- Brisbane and Dubai- while she reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Her other losses were against a streaking Petra Kvitova in the second round in Doha, and a rather surprising third-round exit at the hands of Carla Suarez Navarro at Indian Wells.

Svitolina has made a typically strong response to that failure with a battling week in Miami. Confronted with a difficult opening round against Indian Wells champion, Naomi Osaka, who had just taken out eight-time Miami winner, Serena Williams, Svitolina put in a trademark industrious performance, dousing the Japanese’ youngster’s flames in a clinical 6-4 6-2 dispatch. 

The 23-year-old followed that up with a gritty 4-6 6-0 6-1 victory against the tenacious Australian, Daria Gavrilova in the third round, thus advancing to the fourth round for the third time in the last five years. Svitolina was tested again in her next match against Ashleigh Barty, but from 2-5 down in the first set, the Ukrainian reeled off five straight games to take the opener 7-5. She then emerged from a three-break swing in the second set with a 3-2 lead; and went on to close out a 7-5 6-4 victory that put her into the quarter finals in Miami for the first time in her career. 

She faces another tough duel in the next round, as she takes on feisty Roland Garros champion, Jelena Ostapenko. Both Svitolina and Ostapenko are competing in the Miami Open quarter finals for the first time.


Ostapenko had been in poor form heading into the Miami Open, but the Latvian has finally put a run together over the last week, winning consecutive matches for just the second time this season. 

Jelena Ostapenko. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The only other venue where she had managed back-to-back wins was at the Australian Open, where she scraped into the third round before falling to Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.

Ostapenko began her year with opening round losses in Shenzhen and Brisbane; before finally getting off the mark with that third-round run in Melbourne. She went 2-4 in her next four tournaments, falling at the first hurdles in Doha and Dubai, and managing just the one win in each of St. Petersburg and Indian Wells. However, she has cast aside that poor form at Key Biscayne, moving through the rounds in straight sets to reach the last eight in Miami.

It is quite ironic that Ostapenko arrived Miami having never won a match at the tournament- she suffered a first-round loss to Madison Brengle in her maiden main draw appearance last year- but she has defied form and history in the last week, taking out Timea Babos, Beatriz Haddad Maia and Petra Kvitova, all in straight sets, on her way to the quarters. Ostapenko went into her fourth-round meeting with Kvitova having lost her last three matches against the Czech, including a 6-0 6-2 blitz in St. Petersburg earlier in the year, but she produced strong finishes to both sets to take down the left-hander in a rain-interrupted late-night match which dragged on into the next morning. The Latvian won five points in a row to win the opening set tie break, before claiming the last four games in the second set to complete a 7-6 6-3 victory.

One of Ostapenko or Svitolina will reach the semi-finals in Miami for the first time, when they meet for the second time on Wednesday. 

"I played her last year at Wimbledon so I know how she plays”, Ostapenko said about her next opponent. “I really have nothing to lose. I think I’m getting back into form, getting more consistent. Winning tie-breaks like this one and the one yesterday [against Haddad Maia] gives you confidence, and you start to feel better."

Last year’s Wimbledon meeting was their only other encounter, with Ostapenko emerging with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 victory. Then, the Latvian had lost a 5-2 lead in the second set, but she eventually closed out the match in the ensuing tie break, but only after Svitolina saved seven match points. Ostapenko knows only one way of playing- she will go hard, and harder, and when it comes together, she is almost unplayable. A confident Ostapenko is one of the most dangerous propositions in this sport, and after a difficult start to the year, she is approaching that frame of mind once again. This match is on her racket, but if there is any one who’s got the skills to get under her skin, and frustrate the French Open champ into errors, Elina Svitolina is a prime candidate.

Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko is live from Miami on Wednesday, 28 March from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Elina Svitolina vs Jelena Ostapenko WTA Miami tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Svitolina and Ostapenko battle for maiden Miami semi

Elina Svitolina takes on Jelena Ostapenko at the Miami Open on Wednesday. Who will reach a first Miami Open semi-final? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages