MELBOURNE, Australia – No.6 seed Elina Svitolina saved five break points in a crucial third game in the third set against rival Madison Keys to ultimately secure victory, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, and reach a second straight Australian Open quarterfinals.
"I think I've been serving really good," she said after the match, assessing her fortnight thus father. "I have been returning solid. So, I always try to put pressure on the opponent. That's why I think I'm in quarterfinal. Because I have been solid in all the matches. It worked really good."
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Svitolina had never beaten Keys in two previous meetings and avenged to heartbreaking 201
"I have been working on [my mindset] for two years, trying different things, different techniques, and trying to find what works for me.
" At some stages of my career, some things worked; some didn't. I always try to find the motivation. My family has a lot of people pushing me to go for more than one year ago and was similarly imperious to open play on Monday, earning a double break lead and holding on to take the first set.
"Tennis is that kind of sport that you always get challenged almost every week, every tournament, every match. So you have to be ready to just give 100% each match. Of course if it's not your day today, you might lose, but in the end, you gift everything. "Though Keys has struggled with injury or late – opting to play her first event of 2019 in Melbourne rather than a pre- major warm-up event – she has been one to watch the game's biggest internships, reaching the quarterfinals or better at three or last year's four grand slam tournaments.
Shaking off the disappointment of dropping her first set of the fortnight, she raced out to a 5-0 lead and eventually leveled the match with a chance to break early in the third.