Australian Open: Contender Elina Svitolina races past Denisa Allertova

Australian Open: Contender Elina Svitolina races past Denisa Allertova

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina firmed as a powerful contender for the Australian Open title with a ruthless 6-3 6-Zero demolition of Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova within the early hours of Monday morning.

The 23-year-old fourth seed, one in all 4 players who might depart Melbourne Park as world primary, took to Rod Laver Arena shortly earlier than midnight and wanted solely 57 minutes to e-book her place within the quarter-finals.

Now driving a nine-match successful streak this 12 months after successful the Brisbane International warm-up, Svitolina will subsequent meet Belgian world quantity 37 Elise Mertens for a spot in what could be a maiden grand slam semi-final.

“It was a great match tonight, I’m very pleased,” Svitolina mentioned on courtroom.

“I at all times take one match a time however successful that event in Brisbane gave me quite a lot of confidence.

“(Elise) is enjoying good tennis and has had begin to the 12 months as properly, so it’s going to be extraordinarily robust however I’m ready and hopefully I’ll play my finest.”

Allertova, the primary qualifier to succeed in the fourth spherical since 2010, had received their solely earlier assembly in Doha final 12 months and initially matched Svitolina stroke-for-stroke in some prolonged baseline rallies.

They exchanged breaks at the beginning of the opening set however Svitolina grabbed one other for 3-2 when the Czech went lengthy with a forehand and the Ukrainian backed it up with a few aces to carry her subsequent service sport.

The world quantity 4 had a little bit of fortune on set level when her scrambled shot hit the online twine and threw Allertova, who dumped her backhand into the online, however there was no doubting Svitolina deserved her 1-Zero lead after 36 minutes.

The second set was a procession. Svitolina thumped a backhand winner to interrupt for 2-Zero with a return from the identical facet smashed into an empty again courtroom ending the competition contained in the hour.

“I’m very pleased with the way I’m playing here because it’s not the first time I’m going into the tournament as one of the favourites,” Svitolina added.

“It’s more pressure but it also gives you confidence … I’ll just try to do my best and see how it goes.”

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