Re: Elina Svitolina Cheering Thread!
Svitolina d. Bratchikova 6-2, 6-4
4 (four) actual spectators in attendance as the first ball was struck.
Immediate impression given by Svitolina - a lightweight puffballer with a nothing game. Her assets aren't immediately apparent - consistency, above average movement and defensive skills and above all good shot selection and control and the ability to deal with unusual game situations (which in these days means "anything other than standard issue baseline power rallies"). This helps explain her successes at the challenger level, but one can't help being left with the impression that she can quite easily be overpowered by a power player on her game - starting with ROS; Svitolina's 1st serve averages c. 150-155 km/h.
Bratchikova had her left knee taped and clearly wasn't match fit - movement was hampered, and she couldn't serve properly.
Bratchikova's FH is a much heavier shot than anything Svitolina has on her own arsenal, and she managed to use it to hit through Svitolina a few times - but also a bit wild, and she overhit it quite often, particularly from once inside the baseline. Tried to boss points on return with aggressive ROS, but the conditions were difficult - both players made use of junk and improvised scooped up shots and Bratchikova struggled the most with it given her physical problems.
First set had no deuces and went by very quickly. Svitolina had her chances to finish she second set much more easily, but it still felt NID.
Kerber ♥ Mladenovic ♥ Barthel ♥ Pavlyuchenkova