WTA US Open: Elina Svitolina halts Johanna Konta to advance into semis


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WTA US Open: Elina Svitolina halts Johanna Konta to advance into semis

Two months after playing in the first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, Elina Svitolina is through to another one in New York, defeating Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes. Elina is the first Ukrainian in the semi-final of the US Open, earning the honor after controlling her shots beautifully, finishing the encounter with 16 winners and 13 unforced errors and two breaks of serve given to Konta.

The Briton was eager to keep the points on her racquet and that didn't work in the end, hitting 24 winners but also 35 unforced errors and getting broken four times from eight opportunities offered to Svitolina, ending her journey in the quarter-final despite a valiant effort.

After four good holds at the start of the clash, Elina grabbed the first break with a deep return at 2-2, forging the advantage that stayed active only for a couple of minutes, with Konta pulling the break back in the next game following a backhand slice mistake from the Ukrainian.

Staying focused, Svitolina secured another break in game seven after a backhand winner, saving a break chance in the next game to confirm the lead and closing the opening set at 5-4 thanks to a slice mistake from Konta. Just like in the opener, servers were too good in the first four games and we saw the exact three breaks as in the previous set, with Svitolina who gained the advantage in game five when Johanna sprayed a forehand error.

With no room for mistakes, the Briton bounced back in the next game to score a break with a perfect drop shot before getting broken at love in game seven after a backhand down the line winner from Svitolina who created two match points on the return at 5-3.

Konta did her best to fend them off and prolong the encounter, only for one game as Elina held at 15 in game ten to seal the deal and advance into the first semi-final at the US Open.