French Open 2016: Elina Svitolina leaves former champion Ana Ivanovic in her wake

In what had initially been billed as a close encounter soon became a one-sided affair when Svitolina proved too good for an error-ridden Ivanovic as she cruised to a 6-4 6-4 win.

French Open 2016: Elina Svitolina leaves former champion Ana Ivanovic in her wake
Elina Svitolina reached last year's quarter finals.  She is on course to match that feat. (Source: Clive Brunskill/ Getty Images Europe)

One the game's quieter rising stars proved that she is just as able as her more illustrious equals in a resounding win over the former champion Ana Ivanovic.  In securing a consecutive year in the last sixteen, Elina Svitolina, the eigtheenth seed, further enhanced her growing reputation with her 6-4 6-4 win.  

Svitolina finally beats Ivanovic 

In a rematch of last year's French Open quarter final, where Ana Ivanovic romped to a 6-3 6-2 victory and her seventh in seven attempts over the Ukrainian, the rivalry was turned on its head in a well-deserved victory for Svitolina.  Although the match lacked in consistent quality throughout, with the second set in particular peppered with numerous errors and faults, especially from Ivanovic, Svitolina was able to show just enough to finally better the Serb at the eighth time of asking.

Ana Ivanovic, who won the tournament in 2008, looked second best for most of the match (Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)
Ana Ivanovic, who won the tournament in 2008, looked second best for most of the match (Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)

In fact, this was only the second time in which she had won a set against Ivanovic, the previous occasion being all the way back at the 2014 Indian Wells tournament.  Even in last year's quarter final match up at the French Open, the Serb's experience proved too much on the day for the youngster. 

But a year older and all the more the wiser, the world number twenty showed that she is now made of far sterner stuff, taking advantage of a plethora of service breaks in the first set alone and holding her nerve as she served it out. 

The second set had initially looked far more comfortable for Svitolina as she raced into what looked like an unassailable 4-1 lead before a shift in momentum threatened to turn the match back in Ivanovic's favour.  But Svitolina remained strong and eventually squeezed over the line to secure one of her biggest career wins to date. 

However, life doesn't get any easier for Svitolina, as she faces the daunting task of either having to defeat the unstoppable world number one, Serena Williams, or the another rising star and home favourite, Kristina Mladenovic in the next round.