French Open: Serena Williams cruises past Elina Svitolina to reach quarterfinals

French Open: Serena Williams cruises past Elina Svitolina to reach quarterfinals

Defending champion, Serena Williams only needed 64 minutes to get into the quarterfinals after defeating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1.

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Liliana Martinez

After a two days delay, Serena Williams finally came back on court to take on Elina Svitolina in their fourth round match at the French Open. Williams proved to be too strong for Svitolina and only needed 64 minutes to book a spot in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1. In her quarterfinal match, she will play Yulia Putintseva for a place on the last four.

Williams Dominates Svitolina

The world number one started the match with a solid hold and the cruised to break Svitolina to love. The top seed wasted no time, consolidating the break with another easy hold. The Ukrainian then started her service game with a double-fault, but it was mostly the great court coverage of the top seed that helped her to get the second break after hitting a smash, she was now leading 4-0. Although, Williams seemed to be in a hurry that didn’t stop Svitolina to try and break the top seed to get on the scoreboard. A backhand unforced error gave the Ukrainian a chance to get one break back, another mistake from Williams gave the break to Svitolina who now was 1-4.

It was a key point for Svitolina who needed to hold her serve to aim for another chance to come back into the set. The Ukrainian managed to save two break points, but a forehand unforced error handed another break for the world number one who now lead 5-1. Two mistakes from the Ukrainian and two winners by the American helped Williams to take the first set 6-1 in just 27 minutes.

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine returns to Serena Williams of US during the women's single fourth round match at the French Open. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine returns to Serena Williams of US during the women's single fourth round match at the French Open. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Reaches Quarterfinals at the French Open

The second set was not a different story, Svitolina lost her serve in the first game of the set and Williams consolidated the break without any difficulty. The Ukrainian was doing everything she could to not stay too behind the top seed, and for the first time in the match, she managed to hold her serve. Svitolina then went on to put Williams under pressure when she got two break points, however, the top seed saved both of them and kept the lead with 3-1. The mistakes didn’t stop for Svitolina who once again lost her serve, this time, Williams broke to love.

The world number one now was two games away from the quarterfinals, but her opponent still had some fight inside her. Williams had to get through a tough serve game where Svitolina pushed her to the edge. First, she had to overcome a double fault that gave the Ukranian two break points. In the most erratic and longest game of the match, Williams had to save three break points. The American saved a complicated game with an ace and was up 5-1. Four unforced errors from Svitolina gifted the set and the match to Williams.

 Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Elina Svitolina of Ukraine following her victory during the Ladies Singles fourth round match on day eleven of the 2016 French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Elina Svitolina of Ukraine following her victory during the Ladies Singles fourth round match on day eleven of the 2016 French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

By the Numbers

Serena Williams pounded nine aces, while her opponent didn’t get any. The top seed won an impressive 72 percent on her first serve points.The American won 27 winners and only made 17 unforced errors. While Svitolina got 10 winners and 15 unforced errors. Williams did exceptionally well on break points converting six out of eight. The Ukrainian had eight chances to break Williams but only took one of those.

Up Next for Williams

The defending champion will take on Yulia Putintseva next. The Kazakh defeated Carla Suarez Navarro in the last round in straight sets. This will be the third meeting between the players. Their last encounter happened this year at Indian Wells where Williams prevailed in straight sets.

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