Svitolina too strong for Sakkari
World number eight Elina Svitolina defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-3 6-7 6-2 in the third round of Wimbledon.
It was the first meeting between the two players, and Sakkari got off to a solid start as she took a 3-1 lead early on. Svitolina then won five consecutive games to take the first set 6-3.
In the second set, the Greek raced out to a 3-0 lead and also led 5-3. However, the Ukrainian fought back and went up 6-5. Sakkari was able to hold serve in the subsequent game after saving two match points to force a tiebreaker. She then went on to dominate the tiebreaker, taking it 7-1 to send the match to a third set.
In the third set, Svitolina was too strong and won it 6-3 to advance to the round of 16. Sakkari’s 49 unforced errors were far too many in the end, and the Greek is now 0-6 in Grand Slam third round matches. Svitolina will now be looking to make her fifth career Grand Slam quarterfinal when she faces either Croatia’s Petra Martic or Danielle Collins of the United States, in the fourth round on Monday.
Sakkari will remain in London for the time being, as she is still alive in the doubles draw. Teaming up with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, they will play their second round match on Saturday against the Russian-Chinese pair of Anna Blinkova and Yafan Wang.