The first pair of quarter-finals were played on Tuesday at the US Open with the two highest seeds remaining in the draw both advancing to Thursday’s semi-finals. It was a perfectly scheduled evening of tennis with the day match finishing well into time for the Bake Off festivities of the evening! Read on for the highlights from day 9 of the 2019 US Open.
Match review 🎾
(5) Elina Svitolina d. (16) Johanna Konta, 6-4 6-4
Elina Svitolina made it back-to-back Slam semi-finals with another super steady display to maintain her 100% head-to-head record over Johanna Konta. Konta started well and threw in nuggets of variety, but made a few too many unforced errors in the key moments. It was another good serving day for Svitolina who convincingly served out both sets. I’ve noted it before this week but I feel Svitolina is hitting with excellent depth. On occasion, she got pushed back behind the baseline, but she did well to extend the rallies and force Konta to hit that one extra ball.
This was another impressive Slam performance from Konta. This defeat didn’t feel like the last two Slams as she went in as the underdog against Svitolina and I didn’t think she played a bad match. Svitolina has had a tough draw but she’s handled it brilliantly and is yet to drop a set with wins over Osuigwe, Venus, Yastremska, Keys and Konta. Next up will be the ultimate test…
While I was sleeping 😴
In the second of the quarter-finals, Serena Williams beat Wang Qiang, 6-1 6-0 in just 44 minutes. Serena dropped just four points in the second set and Wang Qiang didn’t hit a winner all match. Tough end to the tournament for Wang Qiang but still a great run.
Stat watch 🔢
Via WTA Insider on Twitter, the Serena-Wang Qiang quarter-final was the joint shortest match of 2019 so far.
Favourite snap 📸
Love this photo of Elina celebrating her quarter-final win by Jimmie48.
Press highlights 📰
Svitolina’s quarter-final press conference is linked below.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
Polls for Wednesday’s quarter-finals, Bencic vs. Vekic and Andreescu vs. Mertens, are up on the blog. Who you got?!