Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina reached her second consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, beating 16th-seeded Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-4, on Tuesday afternoon.
Both sets followed similar patterns. In each, Svitolina held a long service game to level at 3-3, broke Konta quickly for a 4-3 lead, then held twice to win. In the second set, Svitolina had two match points on return at 5-3, but Konta saved each with strong serves to force the Ukrainian to serve out the match.
“It was quite even, and then in the end I had to close on my serve, which was very tricky,” Svitolina, 24, said. “I’m just very, very happy the way I handled the pressure today.”
Tuesday’s match was Konta’s sixth career Grand Slam quarterfinal, but she still awaits her first Grand Slam final. Konta has never beaten Svitolina in four tries; she hit 35 unforced errors, compared with 13 by Svitolina.
Svitolina awaits the winner of Tuesday night’s quarterfinal between eighth-seeded Serena Williams and 18th-seeded Wang Qiang. Svitolina has lost to Williams three times, but won their most recent match, in the third round of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Svitolina’s boyfriend, Gaël Monfils, watched intently from the front row of her player’s box as she continued what has been the most successful joint run at a Grand Slam event for the couple. Monfils plays a quarterfinal against Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday afternoon.
“Definitely we are pushing each other, I think,” Svitolina said of Monfils. “We were trying to join each other in the quarterfinals; now, it’s the semifinals for him. Now he needs to step up his game.”