Washington, Aug 1: Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine got off to a winning start at the San Jose WTA Open, taking down Russian player Daria Kasatkina in straight sets to book a place in the quarterfinals.Svitolina, who enjoyed a bye in the opening round here in San Jose, was contesting her first match since Wimbledon, where she had a historic fortnight becoming the first Ukrainian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.
In her San Jose debut, Svitolina needed two sets to ease past Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 and extend her dominance over their rivalry to five wins to none."I think I played quite a solid match," Svitolina said. "We're back on hardcourts, so I'm excited for the event here." Svitolina had to find her way back after a shaky start to the match, coming back from 2-0 down and finally looking on fire to storm to a 6-3 first set win.
Growing in confidence, Svitolina defended all four break points she faced during the second set and instead, it was Svitolina who took the lead at 3-1. With another break, she sailed through to a comfortable 5-1 lead before sealing the victory. "I just try to fight for every point," Svitolina said. "I don't really think so much about what's happening on the other side of the net.
She's a very tricky player, she has good hands, and she always puts up a fight.""I had to really fight for every point, and in the end I think I was more solid," Svitolina added. Up next for the Ukranian will be No.7 seeded Maria Sakkari of Greece. XINHUA