US Open 2021: Elina Svitolina vs. Rebecca Marino Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2021: Elina Svitolina vs. Rebecca Marino Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Elina Svitolina (5) faces Rebecca Marino in the First Round on Monday August 30th, 2021.

World number six Elina Svitolina is one of the favorites for this event but has been in very poor form lately. She has been struggling to string wins together and has not seemed like herself lately. She will be hoping for a deep run here at the 2021 US Open and is drawn against a Qualifier in the First Round in Canada’s Rebecca Marino. Can she stop the skid and get the win here, building some much-needed confidence? Or can the Qualifier cause the massive upset here in New York?

Elina Svitolina is the fifth seed here at the 2021 US Open and is ranked #6 on the WTA Tour. The Ukrainian has been having a very inconsistent season, and since winning bronze at the Olympics she lost in the First Round of both the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Open, making us believe that she was set for a very poor performance here in New York. However, she decided to enter the Chicago Open at the last minute to build some last-minute confidence and it was a good thing that she did, as she ended up winning the title. That victory allowed her to gain some momentum heading into the US Open, and she begins her campaign with a First Round matchup against Rebecca Marino, a Canadian Qualifier. Svitolina is the big favorite here but she still cannot fully be trusted given her inconsistencies.

Rebecca Marino is currently ranked #175 on the WTA Tour and entered this event by coming through the Qualifying Rounds. The 30 year old Canadian spends most of her time on the ITF Tour, but made the most of her Wild Card entry into the Rogers Cup, defeating Paula Badosa and Madison Keys in two very impressive wins. While she is a major underdog here against Elina Svitolina, she will be playing freely and with nothing to lose, so can be a very dangerous opponent. Svitolina has been extremely inconsistent this season and the Canadian will be hoping for the massive upset here at the 2021 US Open.

This will be the first meeting between the two players on the WTA Tour, and this match has the potential to be a tricky one for the fifth seeded Elina Svitolina. It looks like a huge mismatch when you look at their rankings, but the Ukrainian has been struggling over the past few months and her opponent Rebecca Marino is coming off a career-best performance in Montreal. All things considered, I am going with Elina Svitolina to get the win here. She has been inconsistent yes, but her upside is massive and she has built some serious momentum and confidence after her exploits in Chicago. Marino may keep it close at times, but expect the world number six to get the win here, advancing to the Second Round of the 2021 US Open.

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