Svitolina Beats Keys In Fiery US Open Match

Elina Svitolina in action during her second-round match, US Open. Photo by Rob Prange/Shutterstock (10373855ay)

Women’s 5th seed Elina Svitolina enjoyed a sweet Round of 16 victory against an in-form Madison Keys in front of a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday. While Keys proved to be more than a handful for Svitolina, the Ukranian possessed the grit that was necessary to clinch a 7-5, 6-4 victory.

It was a rough road to victory for Svitolina, as Keys certainly seemed to be the dominant player in numerous facets of game play. While Svitolina only managed one ace throughout the match, her American counterpart served an impressive seven ace.

Keys’ strong service did little to influence the final result, however, as Svitolina was still able to convert two out of her five breakpoints. Svitolina, on the other hand, did not concede a single breakpoint throughout the match and managed to win an impressive 79% of her service points.

After her win, Svitolina said: “Very pleased that I could play very consistent tonight and in such a great atmosphere is very special,”

In what has been a very rare occurrence, Svitolina is the Ukranian woman to reach the US Open quarter-finals since Kateryna Bondarenko in 2009.