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Svitolina serves her way past Keys into quarter-finals

Svitolina serves her way past Keys into quarter-finals
By Reuters

02/09/2019 at 01:41Updated 02/09/2019 at 08:48

Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina delivered a solid serving performance to beat American Madison Keys 7-5 6-4 on Sunday and secure a spot in the U.S. Open quarter-finals.

With Keys, who finished runnerup in 2017, struggling with her backhand, Svitolina won 92 perecent of her first serve points and did not face a single break point during the 75-minute clash under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.

"Very pleased that I could play very consistent tonight and in such a great atmosphere is very special," said Svitolina, who capped the match in style when she served out to love.

With the win, Svitolina is the first Ukrainian woman to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals since Kateryna Bondarenko in 2009.

Up next for Svitolina will be Briton Johanna Konta, who upset Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova earlier on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Serena Williams suffered a right ankle injury in her 6-3 6-4 win over Petra Martic. The six-times US Open champion said she did not think the latest injury serious but added it was too soon to tell.

"I usually know if it's horrible early on. I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. I was like, instantly, 'No, this can't happen. I'm finally healthy,'" Williams said.

"But I'll see tomorrow. So far I'm good. I have been managing it. We'll see tomorrow."

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later told reporters that Williams was not in too much discomfort.

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"It doesn't seem - there is the video, but what is more important is how she feels and how the ankle looks. The ankle looks okay," said Mouratoglou.

"She doesn't feel much pain. She feels, but it's acceptable. And we will know tomorrow when it's going to be cold."

Williams, who is seeking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title and her first since the 2017 Australian Open, will face China's Wang Qiang in the quarter-finals.

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