TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Elina Svitolina takes on Elena Rybakina in the Bronze Medal Match on Saturday, July 31st, 2021.
Which of these two losers of the Semi-Finals will get themselves some redemption as they fight for the Bronze medal here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Will it be the more experienced Elina Svitolina or the high-potential Elena Rybakina to bring some glory back home?
Elena Rybakina put on a very good fight in the Semi-Finals against Belinda Bencic, keeping things tight right until the end. However, she did lose in 3 sets 6-7/6-4/3-6. Elena has definitely got the game to compete with the best in the world, but she also needs to be able to deal with the pressure of the moment at times against more experienced players. Elena will come out here knowing that she has nothing to lose anymore here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics so she will want to throw everything she has against Elina Svitolina.
Elina Svitolina has been in top form all week but she did fall short in the Semi-Finals against the upset loving Marketa Vondrousova, losing in straight sets, 3-6/1-6. Elina has been able to beat big names this week, most importantly Maria Sakkari, so she knows she can hang with anyone here in Tokyo, but now she needs to ensure she comes out with the determination she had earlier in the week as she meets Elena Rybakina to fight for the Bronze medal here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Elena Rybakina and Elina Svitolina have met 2 times before, with the head to head tied at 1-1. Both of them have been in great form all week and they are both deserving of a medal. However, when looking at who has beaten bigger and tougher opponents this week consistently, I have to give Elina Svitolina the edge. Elina has beaten easily some of the best players in the world, and although Elena is one of the best in the world, she is not at the same level compared to the likes of Maria Sakkari. I expect a very tight match between both players who will leave it all out on the line, but Elina will get herself over the line and achieve a Bronze medal here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Elina Svitolina to Win.
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