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Roland Garros: Elina Svitolina vs Renata Zarazua preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020

Elina Svitolina at the Internazionali BNL D
Elina Svitolina at the Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2020
Namit Kumar
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Modified 30 Sep 2020, 15:18 IST
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Match details

Fixture: Elina Svitolina vs Renata Zarazua

Date: 30 September 2020

TournamentRoland Garros 2020

Round: Second round (Round of 64)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Red clay

Prize money: Approx. €38,000,000

Match timing: 11 am CEST, 5.30 pm IST

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Elina Svitolina vs Renata Zarazua preview

World No. 5 Elina Svitolina faces off against qualifier Renata Zarazua in the second round of the 2020 French Open on Wednesday.

After skipping the American hardcourt season this year due to the pandemic, Svitolina has played her way into the European clay swing. While the Ukrainian was handed an unexpected quarterfinal loss at the hands of Marketa Vondrousova at the Italian Open, she did go on to clinch her second title of 2020 in Strasbourg.

Despite the short turnaround between Strasbourg and Paris, the No. 3 seed was able to defeat Varvara Gracheva 7-6 6-4 in the French Open first round on Monday.

Renata Zarazua at the Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2020
Renata Zarazua at the Telcel ATP Mexican Open 2020

Her opponent, Mexico's Renata Zarazua, is flying high after capping off three qualifier wins with a straight-sets victory in the first round over Elsa Jacquemot.

Although Zarazua's experience is limited, the 22-year-old is one of the more promising players on tour. She had reached the semifinals at her home tournament in Acapulco earlier this year.

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Zarazua is the first Mexican woman to make it to the main draw of a Grand Slam since the 2000 Australian Open, and her exploits have taken her to a career-high ranking of 178.

Elina Svitolina vs Renata Zarazua head-to-head

The second-round encounter at Roland Garros will be the first meeting between Elina Svitolina and Renata Zarazua. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.

Elina Svitolina vs Renata Zarazua prediction

Elina Svitolina at the 2020 French Open
Elina Svitolina at the 2020 French Open

Having continued from where she left off at Strasbourg, it seems hard to envisage anything but an Elina Svitolina victory on Wednesday. The Ukrainian is nothing short of an expert on clay, and will be used to the tricky cold conditions in France following her run in Strasbourg.

Svitolina's superior form and experience will play a huge factor, and barring some big-hitting from Zarazua, the match should not be too much of a hurdle for the 26-year-old.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to win in straight sets.


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Published 29 Sep 2020, 17:45 IST
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