Ukraine’s top tennis player Elina Svitolina took over Venus Williams in WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto. It took her two sets (6:2, 6:1) to defeat the American and qualify to the event’s quarterfinals.
'I was just trying to focus on my game and play one point at a time. I was just trying to be there in the right moment, move quick, look for the ball and play as deep as I could to make her feel uncomfortable. I needed to stay calm tonight and just really be focused on each point. I'm very happy that I could win in straight sets,' the Ukrainian said as quoted by wtatennis.com. 'I know Venus for many years, and, you know, when they announce that she turned professional in 1994 and I was just born in this year, I was like, 'Okay, then I need to work really hard in this match. It was a great privilege to share the court with her and, yeah, it was even better to beat her and play my game tonight and really stay very solid with my game - so this was very, very good day today.'
In the second career meeting between the two players, Svitolina was in command from the get-go as she built a 5-0 lead in the opening set and never looked back. The Ukrainian hit 14 winners to just 10 unforced errors in a clean performance, while Williams struggled to find her range off of relentless defensive pressure from the World No.5 and accumulated 21 unforced errors to just six winners, wtatennis.com wrote.