Svitolina erases three third-set breaks to beat Zhang in third round

Svitolina erases three third-set breaks to beat Zhang in third round

The world No. 7 showed a lot of resilience, which hasn't been her calling card at Grand Slams.

Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina came back from 3-0 down in the third set to beat Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round at Melbourne Park.

Both players took medical timeouts during the almost three-hour match.

Zhang took a medical time out after the second set ended and again after the fifth game of the final set when Svitolina was trailing 3-2. Zhang had received frequent treatment between games as well for a right shoulder or back ailment.

Svitolina broke Zhang's serve in the sixth game to level the set at 3-3, then fended off two break points in the following game before holding to lead 4-3.

Svitolina served for the match at 5-4 but Zhang broke to extend it. Svitolina hit a backhand passing shot to clinch the 11th game and take a 6-5 lead, then broke Zhang's serve in the final game, clinching the 2-hour, 55-minute match when Zhang hit a forehand into the net.

Svitolina will play Madison Keys in the fourth round.


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