Elina Svitolina kept her medal hopes alive at the 2020 Tokyo Games as she moved into the semi-finals on Wednesday. The fourth-seeded Ukrainian, who’s the highest seed remaining in the draw, defeated Italian Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 31 minutes in their last-eight clash.
Giorgi committed 14 forced and 36 unforced errors to Svitolina’s eight forced and 27 unforced errors. This helped Svitolina assert herself on the court better despite having just five winners to Giorgi’s 15. Svitolina lost her serve twice but also made good of four of the 11 break points that came her way.
Speaking with the press after her win, Svitolina shared what it meant for her to be able to play for her country at the Olympics. “I know that for Ukraine, [the Olympics] is a really big thing. I value the Olympics as a Grand Slam, and I tried to prepare to bring my best tennis.
Here I am in the semi-final, and I can get a chance to get a medal. It's very special for me, but I try to take one match at a time”.
2020 Tokyo Games: Belinda Bencic keeps the Swiss flag flying
For a place in the final, Svitolina will take on Marketa Vondrousova.
The Czech advanced to the semi-final after her opponent, Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to retire mid-match because of extreme heat. At the time of Badosa’s retirement from the match, Vondrousova had won the first set 6-3.
The other Spaniard in contention, Garbine Muguruza also lost in the quarter-finals. Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina upset the seventh seed 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 33 minutes in their match. Rybakina had 25 winners, 16 more than Muguruza’s nine.
The Spaniard also hit 28 unforced while Rybakina had seven fewer. The 15th seed will now play Belinda Bencic for a place in the medal round of the 2020 Tokyo Games. The ninth-seeded Swiss ousted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 in their quarter-final meeting.