August 31, 2018 / 8:10 PM / 3 months ago

Tennis: Svitolina downs Wang to reach New York fourth round

Aug 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine waves to the crowd after her match against Qiang Wang of China (not pictured) in the third round on day five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seventh seed Elina Svitolina easily dispatched China’s Wang Qiang 6-4 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the second year running on Friday.

The Ukrainian won 70 percent of her first serve points and converted all five of her break point opportunities to see off world number 52 Wang, who committed 27 unforced errors and three double faults on a cloudy day at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Wang broke at the start of the second set to put pressure on the 23-year-old but the speedy Svitolina would not be denied and hit a crosscourt forehand volley on match point to advance.

“For me it was very important to take one point at a time and always put pressure because the last time I played her, I lost the second set because I was a little bit inconsistent with my game,” Svitolina told reporters.

She said her game is improving each round as she becomes more battle-tested in New York, where she hopes to win her first Grand Slam title.

“From the beginning I think I was getting better and better,” she said. “Each match gave me a different look on my game. I’m working really hard on day offs on my game to be ready for the matches.”

Next up for Svitolina is a fourth-round clash with 19th-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday.

Editing by Pritha Sarkar and Peter Graff

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