Svitolina march on. Mladenovic losses while Osaka retires

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

World number 5 Elina Svitolina has booked her place in the seventh quarter-final of the season thanks to a 6-4 6-2 win over Alize Cornet in an hour and 21 minutes, beating the French player for the fourth time in a row.

The slice dropping to the feet of Mladenovic, and Rybarikova returning to the kind of service numbers she was able to produce in her previous match, were two standout features to her game.

A drive-volley and smash combination helped the second-seeded Ukrainian break serve for the first time in the fifth game, and she never looked like relinquishing the advantage throughout the rest of the set.

Alize fends off two match points on serve in game seven but Svitolina crossed the finish line with another good hold in game eight to race into the last eight.

Svitolina next plays Mihaela Buzarnescu, a 30-year-old Romanian who is at a career-high No. 30 after being ranked 267th a year ago.

Rybarikova, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals previous year, overcame France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 6-2 6-1.

In the first round she beat third-seeded Karolina Pliskova for the loss of only five games but found it tougher against Mladenovic. The key was when I played more cross-court slices and drops and made an early break in the second set.

Rybarikova, who won the title here in 2009, reached the Wimbledon semifinals previous year.

Japan's Naomi Osaka retired from her second round match against Dalila Jakupovic in Birmingham with an abdominal problem. The change in tactic was something that really encouraged the Frenchwoman to try to find different ways to win and at times it really do hinder the level of her play.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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