Svitolina battles from brink to reach Aussie second week

Elina Svitolina Australian Open 2019

Serena relentlessly marches on as Osaka, Svitolina survive scares

"It can have an effect a lot of different ways".

"For me, it's a bit hard to do that because my patience isn't so great".

"I have sort of faced that situation, and I was also ahead at that point, so I was just really focusing on myself". "For me to get broken easily right after, I think I lost all the momentum that I had in the second set". I finished in three good sets today. "I was very angry, so I let my anger out".

Zverev only dropped one point on his serve in his first few games until Raonic stepped up the pressure again.

The 37-year-old Serena won her 23rd major Down Under two years ago and is the bookies' favourite to claim an eighth Australian title, despite being seeded 16th. I know I'm capable of struggling and beating the best ones (.) I've been working on my psychological skills for two years. "Against a quality player like him, it's tough to come back from that". She broke Keys' serve at the first opportunity in the next game and finished off the match quickly.

Raonic swept to 3-0 and 5-1 leads in the tiebreaker but Herbert rallied to level at 5-5.


He will face Croat Borna Coric or Frenchman Lucas Pouille next.

Halep then fell behind by a break in the second, before suddenly seeming to awaken and display her own brand of baseline talent that carried her to the Australian Open final and French Open championship in 2018.

She thought of how 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas had stunned 20-time major victor Roger Federer and how Frances Tiafoe has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time.

The usually calm and composed Osaka - who has never reached the Australian Open quarter-finals - threw her racquet at the end of the set, earning a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. So definitely it makes me really happy. "And also I was watching all these kids winning, like, last night Tsitsipas beat Federer and I was like, "Woah" - so I decided I wanted to do well, too'". She made another dash for the ultimate victory in this tournament, defeating Madison Keys from the U.S. The seven-time Australian Open champion Williams was playing top-ranked Simona Halep later Monday in the fourth round. Sevastova beat No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.

Svitolina and Osaka have met five times before with the Ukrainian holding a 3-2 lead in their head-to-head rivalry.

Svitolina is trying to emulate what Caroline Wozniacki did here a year ago - coming to the season-opening major as victor of the season-ending WTA Finals and winning a breakthrough major title.


The key to the match was the third game of the deciding set when the score was 1:1 Svitolina over 15 minutes trying to protect the flow and did it, after 5 break points.

Svitolina, 24, saved five break points during a marathon hold of serve in the decider before breaking 2017 US Open finalist Keys twice and then converting her first match point to seal the contest in an hour and 36 minutes.

"I try to be there all the time with my game, try to bring the best".

In the night matches later Monday, Serena Williams continues her bid for an eighth Australian and Open-era record 24th singles major when she takes on No. 1-ranked Simona Halep, and six-time men's victor Novak Djokovic is against Daniil Medvedev. That's why I think I'm in quarterfinal because I have been solid in all the matches.

"I only look forward".


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