Svitolina seals Keys in fourth round thriller at Australian Open

Svitolina seals Keys in fourth round thriller at Australian Open

Svitolina seals Keys in fourth round thriller at Australian Open

The 2018 US Open champion, targeting back-to-back Grand Slam victories, now trails Svitolina 3-2 in their head to head, having lost both hard-court encounters against the Ukrainian in straight sets past year in Dubai and Miami.

She has won both her previous matches against Svitolina including a quarterfinal victory at the 2017 U.S. Open on her way to the final.

At a tournament featuring thrilling runs by a number of youthful players, 21-year-old Osaka hunkered down to watch 20-year-old Tsitsipas take on Federer on Sunday, and seeing the Greek topple the Swiss master gave her an additional spur. But I think at the same time she's always deep in a slam.

"I tried doing things that I know isn't necessarily my game, like I was trying to hit higher balls", she said.

"I wasn't really sure what to do at a point".

The Australian Open will end on January 27.

The clash, which Konta condemned as risky and unhealthy, began at 12:30 am and finished after a draining three sets at 3:12 am, the latest end to a women's match at the Grand Slam.

Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina have played 5 times in the past.

Naomi was the clear favorite to win this 3rd round against Hsieh because of her superior firepower.

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In a quarterfinal match, No. 6 seed Svitolina will play No. 4 seed Naomi Osaka from Japan, who defeated Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year's Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals.

"I was happy to handle that pressure at 1-1 in the third set".

"Then after a while, I just started thinking that I'm in a Grand Slam".

Sevastova grabbed the lead in the opening set Monday and clinched it with a deft drop shot that forced Osaka to fly a forehand over the baseline.

The two Asian players clashed with a sporting spirit, with Osaka applauding a Hsieh victor early in the third set on her serve, while both were smiling in the last game that went Osaka's way. The Japanese made the difference with her second serve but she still had to play against 15 break points, nine in the opening set when she struggled to find the rhythm.

She fell heavily late in the set but shook off any discomfort and proceeded to open the final set with a break after smashing a sizzling cross-court backhand.

She held to go 2-0 up, extending her winning streak to seven games.

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