The third round matches took place at the Australian Open with the participation of two Ukrainian representatives.
The first who came to the court was Elina Svitolina. Ukrainian athlete played against Chinese Zhang Shuai. Having won 6:4 in the first set, Elina lost 0:3 at the beginning of the third game, but managed to play a powerful segment, turning the situation to her favor.
"Today was a great battle for both of us. I think we left everything on the court. It was really hot. Last night, when I checked the weather forecast, it was 20 degrees maximum. So I didn’t even expect it would be so hot. Of course, we played a long match, so I am very pleased that I won today, "said Svitolina.
18-year-old debutante of the high stages of the Grand Slam Diana Yastremska was unable to continue her sensational ascent. Experienced Serena Williams did not leave a chance to a young rival, defeating Ukrainian with the score 6: 2 and 6: 1.
After the match, the former first racket of the world comforted her 18-year-old rival with the words "You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well."