Elina Svitolina scored a noteworthy win for herself in her comeback journey on Friday. The Ukrainian upset sixth seed Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-4 of their quarter-final match on the Strasbourg Worldwide. Svitolina received 80% of her first-serve factors and 60% of her second-serve factors.
She additionally received 44% and 48% factors on return on Gracheva’s first and second serves respectively. She confronted just one break level and wasn’t in a position to save that both. She, nonetheless, transformed 4 of 5 break factors on her opponent’s serve.
That is the primary time in over two years that Svitolina’s made it to the semi-finals of a WTA occasion. The final time she did so was in 2021, when she made it to the semi-final en path to lifting the Chicago Open title.
Strasbourg Worldwide: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova exits
Within the semi-final, Svitolina will play Clara Burel. The Frenchwoman upset fourth seed Bernarda Pera 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and two minutes to advance to the semis.
Burel saved 11 of 16 break factors she confronted and transformed six of 11 break factors she had on the American’s serve. Burel received 59% of her first-serve factors to Pera’s 54%. She additionally 52% of her second-serve factors to the latter’s 55%.
Pera’s compatriot, seventh seed Lauren Davis put an finish to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s good run within the French metropolis. Davis got here from a set all the way down to oust Pavlyuchenkova, 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-0. Davis transformed six break factors on Pavlyuchenkova’s serve and saved 5 of 9 break factors she confronted.
Three of those 9 break factors got here within the deciding set and all of them have been saved by Davis. Anna Blinkova would be the world no. 58’s opponent within the semi-finals of the Strasbourg Worldwide. Blinkova defeated Emma Navarro 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes. That is the second semi-final for Blinkova in 2023, after the Hobart Worldwide in January.