5th seed at the US Open – Elina Svitolina steamrolled into the Second Week at the US Open following a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of countrywoman and No.32 seed Dayana Yastremska. “It was a really solid performance, I thought, for me," Svitolina.
"I didn't give many unforced errors. She's a good player and can strike the ball very good, so I had to stay really focused from the beginning. For me, was important to stay solid from the baseline, then take my chance, which happened."
Both born in Odessa, the Ukrainians were excited about the fact that this match assured at least one Ukrainian entered the second week at the US Open. “It is always tricky because I think it's a different nerves.
Each time you step on the court in a Grand Slam, everyone has nerves,” she said. Svitolina further added, "But I think when you playing someone from the same country, and in our case from the same city, which is special, you have to handle it, you have to try to really be, I don't know, just within yourself.
Speaking about her young opponent, Svitolina said, "She needs more experience in these kind of matches, so that's why it happened my way today." Svitolina, who took out Venus Williams in the second round, has been feeling good about her game.
"I feel good now. I'm enjoying playing on the court. Enjoying atmosphere maybe little bit more. I have little bit less pressure now. That's maybe what's changed”. "I've been playing on Armstrong as last year a lot, as well.
That's nice. I like that court. I think I haven't lost a match on that court yet. I have a perfect record!" Speaking about her next match against Madison Keys, she said, “I think it's going to be another big challenge for me.
Each time I play against her, it's a tough battle. I have to prepare well. For me important just to stay focused on what I have to do on the court”. "It's fourth round, so I have to enjoy and be ready for her big shots."