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U.S. Open: Elina Svitolina beats Simona Halep for spot in quarterfinals

Elina Svitolina pumps her fist after getting point

Elina Svitolina pumps her fist after getting point against Simona Halep during their Round 4 match at the 2021 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. Credit: Errol Anderson

Elina Svitolina keeps on getting closer to a first Grand Slam title.

The Open’s No. 5 seed booked a place in the quarterfinals on Sunday with a well-won 6-3, 6-3 victory over scrappy Simona Halep, who did well the reach the round of 16 in the U.S. Open after sitting out for three months this season with a calf tear.

Svitolina won her 16th career title in Chicago last week and extended her winning streak to nine straight matches. She is 37-16 on the season, highlighted by an Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo.

"I think I'm playing really aggressive right now," said Svitolina who now has reached her eighth Grand Slam quarterfinal. Her best showing in the Open was a semifinal loss to Serena Williams in 2019.

"I think [this match was] the most aggressive I've ever been, making lots of winners, serving really good," Svitolina said. "I want to keep this going, feeling that I'm in a good mind. Yeah, ready for my next match."

That will be precocious 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, who eliminated former Open champion Angelique Kerber, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Sabalenka advances

Aryna Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, got stronger as the match went on to beat Elise Mertens, the 15th seed, 6-4, 6-2.

Sabalenka reaches the quarters for the first time after making her first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon. After being a highly ranked player for the last four years, maybe her time is coming.

"I'm just really happy to be in the quarterfinals here because I really like playing at the U.S. Open, especially with the crowd, and the atmosphere is really enjoyable here," she said.

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