With a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over Russian ninth seed Daria Kasatkina on Sunday, Elina Svitolina advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the fourth time and maintained her chances of claiming a first Grand Slam championship.
After claiming the Strasbourg championship last month after a pregnancy break, the Ukrainian is bursting with confidence and swiftly regaining the form that propelled her to the last eight in Paris in 2015, 2017 and 2020.
while Svitolina gave birth to her baby Skai in October, she commented, “I definitely wouldn’t have dreamed of this when I was giving birth.” “Being able to compete is incredible.
And reaching the quarterfinals is a unique experience. For the upcoming games, I’m incredibly motivated and I hope I can push myself even further.
Svitolina’s quarterfinal opponent will either be 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens or world number two Aryna Sabalenka, who play later in the night session.
She got off to a strong start on a dimly lit Court Suzanne Lenglen, earning two early breaks before giving Kasatkina one right back. However, the 28-year-old made sure it was the only hiccup in the 45 minutes it took her to finish the opening set.
Both players struggled to hold serves as Svitolina, who is married to French player Gael Monfils and has a large following in her home country, came back from 2-0 down in the second set. She eventually took the lead with some powerful hitting late in the set.