TennisSection previews the 2021 WTA Miami Open as Elina Svitolina (5) meets Shelby Rogers in the Second Round on Thursday, March 25th 2021.
Will Elina Svitolina begin her 2021 Miami Open campaign off to a strong start with a dominating victory against Shelby Rogers? Will Shelby Rogers be able to cause what would be a very shocking upset in the Second Round here in Miami? Both players are playing some good tennis in 2021, but only one will come through this match. Who will it be?
Elina Svitolina will be looking to bounce back after two tough weeks in a row, losing early in the Qatar and Dubai Open. Svitolina entered both tournaments as the No.1 seed, but she was unable to maintain her dominant form which we have been used to seeing from her over the last few years. Svitolina is one of the best players on the WTA Tour when she is on top of her game, and she can create an amazing amount of power behind her shots. However, she has not been able to show the consistency required as of recent. Svitolina will want to get some solid minutes under her belt here in Miami, and she should expect herself to reach the Semi-Finals here in Miami at least if she is at her best. Can Svitolina prevent yet another first match upset as she meets Shelby Rogers in the Second Round?
Shelby Rogers has been playing some good tennis here in Miami, beating Madison Brengle in the first round in 2 sets, 6-3/6-3. Rogers will be feeling confident after that match of course, but she will be very wary of her potential success here as she meets Elina Svitolina. Shelby will be looking at Svitolina’s previous matches in the last few weeks and taking those with a pinch of salt as they were in much smaller tournaments than this. Rogers has the game to cause the upset if Svitolina comes out and plays poorly, but she cannot just rely on this. Will Shelby Rogers come out here on top of her game and be able to cause a shocking upset in the Second Round of the 2021 WTA Miami Open?
This is going to be the fourth encounter between Elina Svitolina and Shelby Rogers, with Elina Svitolina leading the head to head 3-0. Elina Svitolina enters this match as the heavy favourite of course, but she will also have to be nervous as she meets Shelby Rogers who has already played on these courts and has won a match. Svitolina will have to be on top of her game and show that she still can find the consistency in her game when needed. I expect a very tight encounter between both players, but at the end of the day, Elina Svitolina will give it just enough to push herself into the Third Round of the 2021 WTA Miami Open. It might be a 3-setter, but Svitolina should win.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Elina Svitolina to win.