Svitolina defeated Russia's top player and refused to shake hands with her after her victory at the U.S. tournament
Ukraine's top-ranked player Elina Svitolina (No. 27 WTA) defeated Russia's top player Daria Kasatkina (No. 11 WTA) and reached the quarterfinals of the WTA 500 tournament in Washington with a prize fund of $780,000. The second round match ended 6-2, 6-2.
The match was a success for Svitolina from the start. The 26-year-old from Togliatti made at least one double fault in each game. The athlete from Odessa dominated the court. Svitolina didn't hit as hard as Kasatkina, but the Ukrainian played so well on defense and so determined that her opponent couldn't do anything about it.
Elina did not have any phenomenal power, but thanks to her reaction, the tennis player from Ukraine returned almost unreal balls, sometimes playing amazing defense.
At the end of the first set, having won a triple break, Elina managed to lead 1:0.
The second game was a real benefit for our compatriot. The 28-year-old from Odessa played freely and confidently on the back line, not allowing Daria to do anything in attack.
Only at 4:1 Kasatkina could make the first break, but the extra-long game still ended in favor of the Ukrainian.
Svitolina will play the winner of the Pegula / Stearns pair in the quarterfinals. The Americans will play their match on August 3.
Recall that the last match Kasatkina and Svitolina played in the 1/8 finals of Roland Garros. Svitolina won in two sets.
As reported OBOZREVATEL, in the first round of the tournament in Washington, our compatriot was stronger than Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (7:6, 6:4).