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Svitolina vs Barty WTA Indian Wells Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Svitolina stay perfect against Barty and reach maiden Indian Wells quarter final?

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 12 Mar 2019
  • Elina Svitolina vs Ashleigh Barty is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday, 12 March from 2:00pm local time/ 9:00pm GMT
  • Svitolina has won all four previous meetings
Elina Svitolina. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

World No. 6, Elina Svitolina faces a tough challenge at Indian Wells on Tuesday as she confronts Australian, Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, with both players looking to reach the quarter finals in California for the first time.

While Barty is making just her second appearance at Indian Wells, Svitolina is competing at the tournament for the seventh straight season, but she has been unable to make any significant impact over the years. The Ukrainian has been to the fourth round on two previous occasions, but she stumbled to defeats against Timea Bacsinszky and Garbine Muguruza in 2015 and 2017 respectively. 

Is this the year when she finally crosses that fourth-round hurdle?

Svitolina did very well to get through a tough opening match against the in-form American young gun, Sofia Kenin, who was coming off a runner-up finish in Acapulco, and had claimed a title in Hobart earlier in the year. The Ukrainian battled back from behind to record a 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory after two hours and 23 minutes. She was also pushed hard in her second match against Daria Gavrilova, who served for the first set at 5-4, but Svitolina won three games in a row to secure a wild opening set, before edging the second to win 7-5 6-4.

While she is yet to claim a title this season, the reigning WTA Finals champion has generally been in fine form this year, and arrived Indian Wells on the back of consecutive semi-finals in Doha and Dubai. She also reached the quarter finals of the Australian Open, losing to Naomi Osaka. The one poor tournament she has had was her season opener in Brisbane, where, as defending champion, she lost in the opening round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich. 

Svitolina has amassed 13 WTA titles, but she has struggled at Premier Mandatory level to Grand Slam level, as she has made just one semi-final at Premier Mandatory tournaments, and is yet to reach the last four in a major. She will be well aware of all of that, and will be keen to correct that as soon as possible. Her latest chance is at Indian Wells, where she faces the tough Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round on Tuesday.


Ashleigh Barty. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Barty only made her Indian Wells debut last season, losing to Maria Sakkari in her first match at the tournament, but she's got off the mark this season, pulling off two straight sets victories over Tatjana Maria and Jennifer Brady. She trailed in both sets against Maria in her tournament opener, but hit back strongly to win 6-4 6-4, winning the last five games of the first set, and then five of the last six games in the second to register her first ever victory at the tournament. 

That theme of slow starts continued in her second-round match against Brady, as she came from a break down to take the first set, but she finally led from the front in the second, winning eventually 6-4 6-2. Barty is playing her first tournament since the Australian Open, where she made the quarter finals. She had earlier been runner-up to Petra Kvitova in Sydney, and has now extended her impressive 2019 record to 12-2 (throwing in a couple of fine Fed Cup wins over Sofia Kenin and Madison Keys into the mix).

Since returning from an 18-month hiatus in February 2016, Barty has quickly risen up the WTA ladder, ending each of the last two seasons inside the top 20. She is currently operating at a career-high ranking of 12th, and is projected to break into the top ten for the first time if she beats Svitolina to get into the Indian Wells quarter finals on Tuesday.

Svitolina has bossed this match up, winning all four previous meetings, and the last eight sets they have contested. Barty's variety has not been as effective against Svitolina, as the Ukrainian counters the Aussie’s favourite slice backhand with her low centre of gravity, and has got the speed and the consistency to outlast the Australian during extended rallies.

Barty has been playing some of her best tennis this season, and has certainly looked the more comfortable at Indian Wells this year, but I think Svitolina will again have the measure of the world No. 12 and proceed into her maiden Indian Wells quarter finals. 

Elina Svitolina vs Ashleigh Barty is live from Indian Wells on Tuesday, 12 March from 2:00pm local time/ 9:00pm GMT

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Svitolina vs Barty WTA Indian Wells Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Svitolina stay perfect against Barty and reach maiden Indian Wells quarter final?

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