With maybe her best chance at a big Grand Slam breakthough, Elina Svitolina fell apart today against qualifier Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals at the French Open.
The Ukrainian who dates Frenchman Gael Monfils, couldn’t get anything going against the World No. 131 in a straight-forward 6-2, 6-4 loss.
The 23-year-old Podoroska had never won a Grand Slam main draw match until Paris.
“It’s difficult for me to speak after the match, but thanks everyone for your support. I’m very, very happy.” Podoroska said. “It’s difficult for me to speak after the match, but thanks everyone for your support.
“I try to play every kind of shot. We did a good job with my coaches during quarantine. I’ve been training a lot with all of my team and I think that’s why I’m here today.”
Podoroska becomes the first qualifier to make the final four at the French.
“Fortunately I [feel] completely fresh,” Podoroska added. “I don’t have any pain or any problem in my body. The week before Roland Garros, I also won a tournament. I played five more matches in a row. Fortunately I’m good.
“During all this year I’ve been playing so, so good. I have a lot of confidence. I think it was good to have too many matches in this year. It’s helping me a lot.”
The third-seeded Svitolina was the highest seeded player left in the women’s field. She still has never made a Slam final.
“It was a tough match for me today. Lots of things didn’t go my way,” Svitolina said. “I wish I could have handled it in a different way.
“She played a really great match. I wasn’t 100% mentally on it today and that was really disappointing.
“I think it was really tough for me to find focus. I didn’t perform as I wish I could and in the end I completely dropped my level. I gave her the opportunity to play really good tennis.”
In the semifinals, the Argentine will meet Pole Iga Swiatek. The 19-year-old, who upset Simona Halep a round earlier, ended the run of qualifier Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1. Swiatek
“I just knew that I’m not going to play as perfect as with Simona,” Swiatek commented. “On my level, it’s impossible to keep that level of consistency. I just knew that I’m going to make some mistakes at the beginning because of the conditions. I just stayed really down-to-earth and really positive.”
“I wanted to be aggressive from the beginning so I can lead on court,” she said. “I did that pretty well.”
Swiatek becomes just the second woman from Poland to reach the French semis after Jadwiga Jedrzejowsk in 1939.
Danielle Collins began the day finishing her postponed fourth round with a 3-set win over Ons Jabeur. She now meet Sofia Kenin tomorrow assuring a new American in this semifinal on Thursday.
Petra Kvitova will look to return to the semifinals against first-time Slam quarterfinals Laura Siegemeund.
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