Ukrainian tennis player Svitolina reaches Roland Garros quarterfinal
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:28
Martic was sidelined for 10 months with a back injury shortly after she lost at Wimbledon qualifying past year.
"It's wonderful", she said.
The courts were "incredibly bad" and there were no ball boys but Martic didn't care.
For their second quarter-finals at Roland Garros Elina Svitolina argue with the offender Ekaterina Bondarenko, Petra Martic, which after the victory over the Ukrainian beat two players from the top 20 (Madison keys and Anastasia Sevastova). "It was like, I have to really start all over again". Martic unleashed big returns, consecutive backhand winners driven down the line and via delicate dropshot to take herself to the brink of victory at 5-2.
"I was so excited to be out there", she said. The three-time Grand Slam champion has never won at Roland Garros, and never faced unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, either.
That obscure tournament in Italy was just the start of her recent dramas.
Next up, Svitolina will take on Romanian Simona Halep in the French Open quarterfinals.
"I still can't believe that I'm sitting here", said Martic, who reached the last 16 in Paris in 2012 before falling to current world No. 1 Angelique Kerber.
"The first time I was here in fourth round was a huge deal for me", Martic said. And it was so much tension, and I don't think I was ready to deal with it.
Her compatriot made the Australian Open semi-finals in January, 18 years after she was in the last four at Wimbledon. In between, Lucic-Baroni had spent years away from the sport, rebuilding her life away from her abusive father.
Halep, 25, will play in the Paris Open quarter-finals for the second time since 2014 when she reached the final but lost to Russia's Maria Sharapova.
Fifth seed Svitolina defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.