The regularity and physical qualities of Elina Svitolina eventually extinguished the blazes of Venus Williams after a good fight won 6-4, 6-4 by the Ukrainian in the second round of the US Open. But at thirty-nine, the American still showed excellent quality of play, especially at the beginning of the second set. After the loss of the first run, the former world number 1 asked for a coffee and boom! For three games, she delivered a recital on the Louis Armstrong court, covered by rain.
Beyond these three stratospheric games, the two players produced a great tennis. Through her field coverage, ball length, supervisor skills and tactical skill, Svitolina stifled her opponent, who played her all-out on every shot. From start to finish (five match points saved at 5-3 by the 52nd World), Venus Williams tried, even to commit a lot of fouls (46 in total for 29 winning shots) and proved that at his age and despite an autoimmune disease that prevents her from training as she wishes, her passion for her sport was intact.
In the third round, Gael Monfils's partner will face her compatriot Dayana Yastremska, a big slugger, or Sweden's Rebecca Peterson.