Elina Svitolina, the top seed at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic reached the quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the third round. The Ukrainian needed an hour and 48 minutes to complete the win.
Speaking after her victory, fourth-ranked Svitolina said, “It was a good match today, and I think there were lots of tough games, tough rallies. In the end, the score was 6-3, 6-3, but it was quite a tough battle. It was up-and-down a little bit, but in the end, I think I was quite solid, and was really happy with my movement today. Happy I could win in two sets.”
Svitolina will play the sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur. Jabeur posted a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Jessica Pegula in their third-round clash. It was a rematch of their encounter in Montreal only this time, Pegula lost the match after winning the opening set 6-1. Back then, the Tunisian had won the opening set by the same score-line but had conceded the match eventually.
Looking back at that match, Jabeur noted, “I’m very happy. It was kind of the same scenario of what happened in Montreal. I had three match points, but I know Jess plays really good and you have to earn every game, every point with her, and I’m glad I got this win this time. I started really slow. Starting the match, I think I was a little bit sleepy. I started to move my legs better, I started to put more balls in. After, it was really tight between us.”
Chicago Fall Tennis Classic: No fuss at all for Garbine Muguruza
Meanwhile, second seed Garbine Muguruza reached the quarter-finals after her opponent, the 14th-seeded Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the tournament ahead of their third-round clash. For a place in the semi-final, the Spaniard will take on first-time quarter-finalist, Japanese qualifier Mia Hontama.
Hontama defeated Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-1 in their round-of-16 match.
Danielle Collins will play Marketa Vondrousova in the quarter-finals in the windy city. The tenth seed ousted the seventh-seeded Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-4 in their third-round clash. Meanwhile, the Czech took down the 16th-seeded Jil Teichmann, 6-4, 6-3.
The last quarter-final at the Chicago Fall Tennis Classic will be played between third seed Belinda Bencic and fifth seed Elena Rybakina. The Swiss won against Tereza Martincova 6-2, 7-6(5). The Kazakh defeated 12th seed Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(4), 7-5.