August 31, 2018 / 7:51 PM / 8 months ago

Svitolina downs Wang to reach New York fourth round

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seventh seed Elina Svitolina easily dispatched China’s Wang Qiang 6-4 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the second year running on Friday.

The Ukrainian won 70 percent of her first serve points and converted all five of her break point opportunities to see off world number 52 Wang, who committed 27 unforced errors and three double faults on a cloudy day at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Wang broke at the start of the second set to put pressure on the 23-year-old but the speedy Svitolina would not be denied and hit a crosscourt forehand volley on match point to advance.

Next up for Svitolina is a fourth-round clash with 19th-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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