Tennis: Svitolina Outperforms Pavlyuchenkova to Progress at US Open
NEW YORK – Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina beat Anastasia she fought back to defeat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a high-caliber match on Thursday, securing her spot in the third round of the U.S. Open.
Svitolina sealed the victory with her 10th ace on the match point, concluding the intense battle that lasted for nearly three hours, much to the joy of the enthusiastic crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Returning to the court in April after the birth of her daughter with fellow tennis player Gael Monfils, Svitolina drew inspiration from her husband, who was simultaneously competing in his own second-round match.
Elina Svitolina beat Anastasia
“I attempted to draw some motivation from him,” she mentioned during an on-court interview. “I recognized that he’s out there playing, and I needed to shift my mindset a bit because my performance wasn’t at its best.
I had to infuse a different energy, and he was on my mind.
” Svitolina’s Grand Slam record for this season now stands at 11-2, following her appearances in the Wimbledon semi-finals and the French Open quarter-finals.
Despite the upheaval brought on by Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, Svitolina has maintained a steady level of play. Following the match, she refrained from shaking hands with her Russian opponent.
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