World No. 6 Elina Svitolina will play her third semifinal this season when she faces breakout 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu on Friday at Indian Wells, Calif., in the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Svitolina needed nearly six hours to win her fourth-round and quarterfinal matches — both went three sets — while Andreescu cruised into the semis, losing just one game against two-time Grand Slam champ Garbine Muguruza in the quarters. The Ukrainian, who owns 13 singles titles, has never faced the teen sensation.
Svitolina is a -120 favorite at the Westgate LV SuperBook (risk $120 to win $100), with Andreescu getting even money as the underdog. Before you make any Svitolina vs. Andreescu picks and tennis predictions, see what famed expert Gavin Mair has to say.
An uncanny international women’s tennis guru, Mair called Naomi Osaka winning the 2018 U.S. Open at 32-1, part of a mind-boggling two-year streak. Over that period, $100 bettors following Mair’s picks are up more than $21,000.
Last year at Indian Wells, Mair nailed Simona Halep and Daria Kasatkina winning their quarters of the draw. Now, Mair has analyzed the Svitolina vs. Andreescu odds in the 2019 Indian Wells semifinals like only he can and locked in a pair of strong picks. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.
Mair knows Andreescu has exceeded all expectations while becoming the talk of the tennis world. “The 18-year-old was given a Wild Card by the tournament organizers to allow her to enter the main draw, as she did not hold a high enough world ranking in the weeks leading up to the tournament,” Mair told SportsLine.
“In fairness, Andreescu totally deserved her Wild Card, as she has has a remarkable start to the 2019 season. Prior to the first tournament of the season, Andreescu was ranked No. 156 in the world. However, she has already made a main tour final in Auckland this year and won an ITF event at Newport Beach at the end of January.”
But just because Andreescu comes in hot doesn’t mean she’ll win or provide value on the money line.
“Svitolina is a very different player stylistically to Muguruza,” he continued. “While Muguruza likes to dictate play with powerful ground strokes, Svitolina is a submission expert who builds her playing style on a consistent approach from first ball to last.”
Mair is confident he has the winner, and he’s also going big on the number of sets for an even bigger payout.
So who wins Svitolina vs. Andreescu? And exactly how long does the match last? Visit SportsLine now to see the detailed Svitolina vs. Andreescu picks in the 2019 BNP Paribas Open semifinals, all from the uncanny international expert who’s up over $21,000 in the past two years.