Elina Svitolina: 'Facing Serena Williams is a big challenge'

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Elina Svitolina: 'Facing Serena Williams is a big challenge'

Elina Svitolina defeated Johanna Konta in a straight-set quarter-final match at the US Open. The Ukrainian player prevailed 6-4 6-4 and in a press conference she said: "Not every day you're playing quarterfinal of the Grand Slam.

And to win that, it's something special. Yeah, just very happy the way I handled the pressure. It more I think was over relief that I could serve it out, because I had the match point on 5-3. I was very close but in the same -- you know, I was very far because to serve it out is definitely very tough under the pressure."

Svitolina is also happy and proud with her evolution: "I think all my career I have been going step by step. I was going very slowly. Not slowly as slow, you know. Still, I was quite consistent, I would say, but I had some tough matches round of 16, quarterfinals before I started to win them.

I think it's been tough and painful losses sometimes, but I think they gave me this push, this confidence and maybe helped me in some matches. Like, for example in Singapore, it was very consistent and throughout the year, past years, I have been consistent top-10 player."

On her upcoming semifinals against Serena Williams, Svitolina concluded: "Definitely it's a big challenge to play against her. I mean, doesn't really matter who I'm going to play in semifinal. Is a challenge.

Person who reach the semifinal is playing well. It's something that you have to bring your best game to beat them. Doesn't matter who is going to be in the semifinal. But obviously Serena is amazing champion. Probably it's going to be really tough against her."