CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Elina Svitolina battled past fellow Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets to storm into the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open.
Svitolina weathered a 50-minute rain delay but got the job done comfortably, defeating Tsurenko 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes.
In their first meeting at tour level, Tsurenko got off to a dream start against Svitolina, breaking serve in the very first game.
But it would be the only game she won in that set as Svitolina came roaring back, breaking straight away and reeling off the next six games in a row.
The second set was more of a battle - Tsurenko brought up four break point chances as she kept Svitolina under pressure. But two games after Svitolina grabbed the lone break at 3-2, play was suspended for almost an hour due to rain.
Upon resumption, Svitolina marched ahead despite her first serve troubles giving Tsurenko an edge back into the match. She saved a match point with a laser forehand passing shot, but she couldn’t deny Svitolina a second time and the younger Ukrainian took the last spot into the round of 16.
Up next Svitolina will take on Julia Goerges, after the German defeated Canadian wildcard Francoise Abanda earlier in the day.