Wimbledon: Elina Svitolina sets up Elena Rybakina showdown in very dominant way

Svitolina destroys Wang Xinyu and plays Rybakina in the Wimbledon quarterfinal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon: Elina Svitolina sets up Elena Rybakina showdown in very dominant way
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Elina Svitolina did her job outstandingly today and as a reward the Ukrainian tennis star will get a crack at 2022 Wimbledon finalist Elena Rybakina, in a match that will highlight quarterfinal action at The Championships. 

On Monday afternoon, No. 21 seed Svitolina was all business as she needed just 56 minutes to destroy 42nd-ranked Wang Xinyu 6-2 6-1.

On the other side, Rybakina was 6-3 3-0 up on Anna Kalinskaya when the 17th-seeded Russian walked up to the net and retired the match due to an injury. 

Early in the match, Kalinskaya led 3-1 but then easily lost the next three games and that's when she had a physio visit her. After a lengthy medical timeout and treatment on her wrist and also the upper part of her body, Kalinskaya continued but she didn't look well and Rybakina was fairly easily winning games. 

After falling down by a set and a break, Kalinskaya realized that there was probably no coming back in such circumstances and she put an end to the match.

Anna Kalinskaya and Elena Rybakina
Anna Kalinskaya and Elena Rybakina© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

How Svitolina beat Wang and what's her head-to-head versus Rybakina?

Svitolina came out blasting against Wang, breaking the Chinese in the fourth and eighth games to routinely win the first set. 

At the start of the second set, Svitolina kept pressing Wang but missed out on a break point in the second game after making an unforced error. But the 29-year-old Ukrainian remained unfazed and kept playing her game and she went on to claim back-to-back breaks in the fourth and sixth games - win five games in a row - and complete her win in a very impressive way.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Now, Svitolina is set to meet 25-year-old Rybakina for the fifth time in her career. In the past, Svitolina beat Rybakina in the 2020 Strasbourg final and won their meeting at the Paris Olympics, while the Kazakh ended on the winning side in 2021 Eastbourne and also last year's French Open. 

Svitolina is looking very confident right now and there is no doubt that she will enter the match believing that she can upset Rybakina if she plays her game.

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