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Svitolina vs Muchova Wimbledon QF Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Can Svitolina take down young gun Muchova and reach maiden Grand Slam semi?

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 9 Jul 2019
  • Elina Svitolina vs Karolina Muchova is live from Wimbledon on Tuesday, 9 July from 2:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
  • Svitolina won their only previous meeting in Doha this year
Elina Svitolina (PA Sport)

Can Elina Svitolina reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final when she takes on rising Czech, Karolina Muchova at Wimbledon on Tuesday?

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Svitolina has been one of the most consistent players on the tour over the last few seasons, winning a host of Premier titles, but the Ukrainian has found it harder to break through at the majors. She has competed in four previous Grand Slam quarter finals, two each at the Australian Open and Roland Garros- losing all four.

Is this the tournament where she finally crosses that hurdle? 

It would be quite ironic if she reached her first major semi-final at Wimbledon, as this has been her least successful Slam over the years. Only once had she reached the fourth round in her six previous appearances, while she failed to cross the second round in her five other visits.

However, she has moved into the quarter finals for the first time this season, following wins over Daria Gavrilova, Margarita Gasparyan, Maria Sakkari and Petra Martic. She has had some luck along the way, as she saved a match point in her second round meeting with Gasparyan, who subsequently retired with cramps while well placed in the match, while Martic in the fourth round was also significantly hampered by injury.

Svitolina has had her own injury problems this year, as she struggled for a long time with a knee injury which first surfaced during the Middle Eastern swing in February. She played through the pain barrier for a few tournaments, reaching consecutive semi-finals in Doha, Dubai, and Indian Wells, but she struggled from the Miami Open through the entire clay season- a traditionally strong period for the Ukrainian- losing opening matches in Miami, Madrid and Rome, and falling to Garbine Muguruza in the third round at Roland Garros. 

Her start to the grass season was not the most encouraging as she lost opening matches in Birmingham and Eastbourne, but she has put together four successive wins at Wimbledon to take her place in the quarter finals.

“I didn't really expect at the beginning of the tournament," she admitted after her victory over Martic on Monday. "Really when I go into Wimbledon, I don't have any expectations. It's very not different, but just I say tougher for me to play here before. I didn't really play well here before, so I had no expectations going into this tournament."

Svitolina won an impressive 82% of points behind her first serve against Martic, while she struck 30 winners and just 17 unforced errors.

She would have been expecting to face third seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter finals, but instead, she's got another Karolina, Muchova of that ilk, to contend with.

Muchova produced a sensational 4-6 7-5 13-11 victory over Pliskova to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in her debut main draw appearance at the tournament. Twice Pliskova served for the match- at 5-4 and 11-10 in the third set- but she couldn't close it out on either occasion, and with the match seemingly heading for a first ever deciding set 12-point tie breaker, Muchova broke in the 24th game of the set to prevent that little bit of history, and move into the quarter finals.

Muchova out-aced Pliskova 14-7, while she struck 54 winners and 43 unforced errors in the three-hour 17-minute victory. Muchova impressed the variety she brought to the table- she has got a genuine weapon in that forehand, but she has also got plenty of finesse to her game, mixing up the slice backhand with her excellent forecourt skills to keep Pliskova off balance.

“I never played such a long match, I think not even on clay,” Muchova said afterwards. “It was tough. I was happy I could make last game to break her and we didn't have to play a tiebreak.” 

The 22-year-old old had secured more straightforward wins in the previous rounds, getting past Aleksandra Krunic, Madison Brengle and Anett Kontaveit in straight sets before her marathon against Pliskova.

Muchova only made her Grand Slam main draw debut at last year's US Open, beating Dayana Yastremska and Garbine Muguruza before losing to Ashleigh Barty in a very impressive debut, and after a couple of quite Slams at the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year, she has launched again at Wimbledon.

The rising Muchova is now ranked 68th in the world, after being out of the top-140 at the start of the season. Her most notable achievement, prior to Wimbledon, this season a runner-up finish in Prague- her first tour-level final- while she made the quarter finals in Doha at the start of the year.

She will definitely break into the top-50 after Wimbledon, and will aim to go higher by taking down Svitolina on Tuesday.

It's an unideal situation for the youngster, who must come back to play a Wimbledon quarter-final a day after a three-hour marathon, and that could well be decisive against Svitolina, who will make the Czech work extremely hard for her points. 

“I will try my best to recover for tomorrow” Muchova promised. “Obviously I'm a little tired. But, yeah, still after this press I will do my best to recover for tomorrow.” 

Whether she has enough left in the tank remains to be seen. Svitolina was a fairly comfortable victor in their only previous meeting in Doha this year, and I think the Ukrainian will again be too solid for a possibly fatigued opponent, and move into her first Grand Slam semi-final. 

Elina Svitolina vs Karolina Muchova is live from Wimbledon on Tuesday, 9 July from 2:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST

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