Elina Svitolina set the court on fire with her shots that devastated the competition. Her 6-0, 6-3 victory over France’s Caroline Garcia put her into the quarterfinals for a second consecutive year at the Western & Southern Open Thursday evening. The 20 year old Ukrainian couldn’t be stop and would look to be the one to defeat in the tournament.
Both earned big wins Wednesday night defeating some of the top names in the sport. Despite not being in front of a big audience, Svitolina handled the likes of Eugenie Bouchard to send her out of another tournament. The Frenchwoman knocked out Petra Kvitova in three sets gaining a boost at the end for an upset. The Ukrainian continued her show of strength of court making her way to difficult shots and using tremendous accuracy when on serve. With the recent list of battles against the best, Svitolina looked to make the day hard for Garcia.
She worked her through two games where despite the fight from Garcia it was a strong hold from the Ukrainian leading 2-0. After another loss, the Frenchwoman called for her coaches counsel to help her get out of the hole. It didn’t work after the break as Svitolina opened to 4-0 looking cool and collected against Garcia.
She played for the set in the sixth with Garcia on serve looking to get the bagel. A double fault from Garcia got her onto set point when a failed trick from the Frenchwoman didn’t go through. It was over in 26 minutes with a change in strategy needed to be made in Garcia’s game. She was serving 48 percent and landed just 3 of 12 on Svitolina while recording 19 unforced errors. On a 61 percent success rate, the Ukrainian landed 91 percent of her shots on the serve while averaging 65 percent on the returns that did make their way over.
In a positive show in the second set, Garcia was able to stave off the serve from Svitolina and tally a game to her name. Unfortunately the fun deflated like a balloon as the 20 year old rallied to a 3-1 lead with no signs of lowering her force. Garcia nearly came to adding another one but fell under Svitolina’s power shot that had the gap widening ever further.
Garcia had another chance on serve where she got the job done on the break cutting Svitolina’s lead in half showing her defense was in action as well as her fight for points. The hope started to dwindle as Svitolina once again swept a game to sit on her chance for the match. Game Eight was a do or die moment for Garcia who had to respond well on serve as well as the return. She made it a game forcing deuce with the Ukrainian before winning it to stay alive once more.
Svitolina had Game Nine nearly locked up on two occasions until Garcia made a break to get into it. Fortunately the end would arrive as she fired the game winning point down the line to end the match just one minute over an hour. The Ukrainian had just ten unforced errors in straight sets match while Garcia recorded a total of 34.
“I was just playing well and moving well, its what I was looking for in this match. I’m just happy that I could move into the quarterfinals.” Svitolina fell out of the running last year when she lost to Ana Ivanovic. On Friday, Svitolina will face Lucie Safarova who has been having a decent season like her.
With the success of her season making the quarterfinals of major tournaments the Ukrainian has herself to thank for the moments she has been able to participate in. “I tried to improve my fitness and moving on the court was most important for me and I’m really happy with the results.”