The first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina (№5 WTA) continued the winning streak in the main draw of the Australian Open.
In the third round, the 26-year-old Ukrainian beat Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan (№28 WTA).
Australian Open. third round
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) – Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) – 6: 4, 6: 0
Svitolina completely failed the starting game, making five unforced errors in a row. After such a gift, Putintseva defended her serve and took the lead. And only after that the game leveled off. In the third game, Elina had to sweat a lot, but from the fourth breakpoint, she still took the first game of the match.
At first, Svitolina tried to put as much pressure as possible on her opponent, capturing space for the next attack, but Putintseva countered such tactics very well. She cut deep under the back line, and threw half-candles, which knocked down the attacking potential of the Ukrainian, and allowed her to keep up with almost all the balls. Shortened from the representative of Kazakhstan worked with varying degrees of success, but sometimes it turned out nicely.
For a long time Elina could not actively win the ball, but then changed tactics and it helped. The Ukrainian woman got into a shootout with blows on the back line and carried out attacks only after proven combinations. Julia after that only a few games were able to keep a high level, tried to attack herself, often made mistakes and, of course, it annoyed her.
With a score of 5: 4 Svitolina earned a triple setball at the reception, Putintseva cursed loudly, but still won back, helped by small cars. But immediately followed by a double error from the backhand.
The second set was much more pleasant for Ukrainian fans, although all games, except the first and final, were won in the fight. It was obvious that Svitolina was upside down today, and Putintseva lost confidence due to a large number of her mistakes. Julia gave free rein to emotions again and again, but hardly anyone was surprised.
So far, Svitolina has not lost a single set in the tournament, which adds confidence that she can move further along the net, which, incidentally, is quite good.
It should be noted that Svitolina defeated Putintseva for the sixth time in a row.
In the next round, Elina will play against American Jessica Pegula (№61 WTA).