TennisSection previews the 2021 Miami Open as Elina Svitolina (5) meets Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Third Round on Saturday, March 27th 2021.
Can Ekaterina Alexandrova be able to cause a big upset in the Third Round as she looks to advance to the Fourth Round of the Miami Open? Will Elina Svitolina’s injury on her right wrist cause her some more issues in this match as we saw it not helping her too much in the first few sets of her Second Round encounter? Both players will be very determined to make their way to the Fourth Round, but only one will be able to. Who will it be?
Ekaterina Alexandrova cruised through her Second Round match, beating Nadia Podoroska in 2 sets, 6-0/6-4. Ekaterina is definitely a tough player to come up against, and she seems to have gotten used to these conditions quite quickly. Although Ekaterina won her prior match quite easily, you also have to look at it from a standpoint that Podoroska just did not give it her best shot. Alexandrova will have to not get too confident after that match and understand that she will have to drastically increase her level if she wants to be able to compete with one of the toughest opponents you can possibly face in the WTA Tour, Simona Halep. Can Alexandrova be able to cause the upset and make her way to the Fourth Round of the 2021 Miami Open, or will she be packing her bags and be on her way to her next tournament?
Elina Svitolina started her Second Round match very slowly, struggling with the speed of the court and with a right-wrist injury. Svitolina was able to get some treatment after the first set, and since then she was just on top of her game. Svitolina was able to beat the always tough Shelby Rogers in 3 sets 3-6//7-5/6-3, and she will know that now that she has gotten that tough match under her belt, she can build on her game. Svitolina is a great player, but over the last year she has struggled with consistency. Svitolina, when on top of her game, is able to beat anyone and everyone in front of her. Will we see Svitolina continue improving this week as she looks to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova, or will she have to think about the bigger issue in her consistency here at the 2021 Miami Open?
Elina Svitolina and Ekaterina Alexandrova have met twice before, with Elina Svitolina leading the head to head 2-0. They last met in January of this year in Abu Dhabi where Svitolina came through a very tight match where she won 6-2/(5)6-7/7-6(8). Both players know that they can win this match if they are on top of their game, and I believe that the prior victory over Alexandrova earlier this year will give Elina Svitolina just a bit more confidence coming into this match. This match will be tight, but I believe that Elina Svitolina will come out here strongly from the get-go and win it in two tight sets to book a spot in the Fourth Round of the 2021 Miami Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Elina Svitolina in Two Sets.