Elina Svitolina goes down to Johanna Konta to enter the semifinals of the US Open
NEW YORK: Ukraine Elina Svitolina he continued his dominant career against Johanna Konta with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on Tuesday to reach the United States Open semifinals for the first time.
The fifth seeker, who won all of his meetings with the Briton, reached his second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal after reaching the last four at Wimbledon in July.
Svitolina's robust baseline attack knocked down the seeded Konta 16, who made 35 unforced errors, 22 more than his opponent, on a sun-drenched day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
She feels amazing, she said about being the first player to reach the semifinals in the tournament this year. It was a very, very difficult game ... I think we were both hitting the ball and it was pretty even, he said.
I am very happy with how I handled the pressure today.
Svitolina rivaled a setback winner at the break point for a 4-3 lead in the second set, celebrating with an emphatic fist in front of the crowd that included her French boyfriend Gael Monfils, who plays her quarterfinals on Wednesday .
However, Konta continued to fight, saving two match points in his service, but Svitolina finished the competition in the next game when the Briton shot a lot.
Svitolina said Monfils, his frequent practice partner, has been a source of encouragement throughout the tournament.
We are definitely pushing each other, I think because we are trying to join in the quarterfinals and now in the semifinals ... so now he has to step up his game, he added with a smile.
Svitolina has not yet lost a set in his career at Flushing Meadows, where he has sent opponents, including former world number one Venus Williams and 2017 finalist Madison Keys.
HEAD IN HIGH
Despite the loss, Konta can keep his head up while leaving New York after defeating third-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a tight three-set match on Sunday.
He has performed well in his appearances at Grand Slam this year, including reaching a semifinal at the French Open and quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
It's the best I've done so far in my career (in Grand Slams), the 28-year-old journalist told reporters.
There is much to be proud of. There is much that, you know, look back and smile.
Yes, it is a good achievement to have been able to do that.
The next step for Svitolina is a confrontation with 23-time main champion Serena Williams or with 18th seed Wang Qiang of China, who will play her quarterfinal match on Tuesday.
The defense specialist said he will need to run his running shoes if he confronts the powerful Williams.
I have to run a lot, like all other parties, he told reporters. That is normal. And I try to react. I played many great hitters in this tournament, a lot, and I also have to react quickly with my feet and with my shots.
Then, when you have the opportunity, cheer up.