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Svitolina strolls into U.S. Open third round
August 31, 2017 / 5:15 PM / 3 months ago

Svitolina strolls into U.S. Open third round

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4 6-4 win against Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday.

Aug 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Elina Svitolina of Ukraine reacts after beating Evgeniya Rodina of Russia (not pictured) in Ashe Stadium on day four at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The 22-year-old, who had also reached the third round at Flushing Meadows in the previous two years, was barely troubled by her 89th-ranked opponent in a sun-kissed Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Svitolina lost focus in the second set at 5-2 when she allowed Rodina to pull a break back, but she held her following service game to wrap up the victory on the first match point with a backhand winner.

She next faces either American Shelby Rogers or Australian 25th seed Daria Gavrilova.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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