Ukrainian Elina Svitolina held off a spirited effort by Coco Gauff to advance to the third round 6-4 6-3 at the Australian Open. The fifth seed was steady and all business throughout the contest. While the American took an aggressive approach, Svitolina was even-keeled in her response.
At 16 years of age, Gauff was the youngest player in the draw and had her opportunities during the match. In the first game of both the first and second set, Gauff had service break chances but could not convert any during the match. Svitolina fought off all four break points in the match.
Meanwhile, Svitolina would break Gauff’s serve late in the first and second set and that was enough to see her through to the next round. “I think I’m moving good,” said Svitolina. “I think the service helped me today a lot because Coco was serving great, as well. Serve is something that I’ve been working on, and now I’m finding a better balance with that. “Just in general I’m feeling good right now.”
Meanwhile, Gauff would point to the breakpoint opportunities afterward. “I got unlucky on the breakpoints,” she said. “I thought I played well. All the games were close. Honestly, it was just the breakpoints she stepped up and played well.” “She made me play, and I made some errors on the breakpoints. She hit her forehand down the line well and it was tough for me to defend that.”