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Svitolina reaches her first-ever Wimbledon quarter-final

Svitolina reaches her first-ever Wimbledon quarter-final

08/07/2019 at 12:03Updated 08/07/2019 at 13:45

Elina Svitolina is in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in her career after seeing off Petra Martic in straight sets.

The Ukrainian had only reached the second week at SW19 on one previous occasion but has now reached the last eight of two separate majors in the same year for the first time thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 win.

The first set was an affair of attrition, with both players being locked in long service games until Svitolina took a more aggressive approach, coming forward and rattling off three straight games to take the first set.

After Martic was broken in the first game of the second set, she received lengthy medical treatment and Svitolina sprinted out into a 4-0 lead.

Though the Croat was able to avoid the bagel, she the contest was effectively over and Svitolina will play either Karolina Pliskova or Karolina Muchova in the next round.

“I played really good, Petra was struggling a little bit physically in the second set. I was moving well, and feeling good today," Svitolina said afterwards.

Another player looking forward to her first Wimbledon quarter-final is Zhang Shuai, who saw off exciting youngster Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

Finally, Barbora Strycova rallied from a set and 5-2 down to beat Elise Mertens 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final in five years.