In-form Svitolina too strong for Gavrilova
Elina Svitolina took her winning streak to 15 matches after seeing off Daria Gavrilova in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Daria Gavrilova is the latest player to succumb to the Elina Svitolina juggernaut, falling to the Ukrainian 6-2 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Indian Wells.
Gavrilova came into the match with a tight 2-3 head-to-head record against Svitolina but found the world No.10 far too strong.
“I don’t feel like the scoreline (reflected how) the match actually was. Because I actually felt like I was not playing terrible,” Gavrilova said.
“I felt like I was dictating a lot but didn’t put away the easier balls. She’s just fearless right now … she’s just not thinking, running after each ball, and she didn’t give me much mistakes and yeah, I felt like I was rushing a bit sometimes as well.”
Svitolina, who in February won the Taiwan and Dubai titles with two Fed Cup wins in between against Australia – including one against Gavrilova – took her winning streak to 15 matches.
She’ll meet seventh seed Garbine Muguruza in the last 16.
“I think in the back of my head I knew she hasn’t lost a match for a while and she’s confident. And it was playing in my mind a little bit,” Gavrilova admitted.
“I was really annoyed with myself, with the way I was missing; after like five good balls, I’d get myself into the position I wanted to be in and just give her an easy error. So that was annoying.”
Gavrilova began brightly with an immediate service break only for Svitolina to win three straight games and wrest control of the set.
Although the 22nd seed recovered the break, Svitolina produced another run of games and closed out the first set with a winner.
Moving incredibly and well as displaying great consistency and power, Svitolina ran away with the second set as a frustrated Gavrilova lost her range.
The Ukrainian closed out victory in 64 minutes.
“I think I’m just going to practice a bit now and play a lot of points with different girls. I haven’t had as many matches as I would probably have wanted this year,” Gavrilova said.
“(I’ll) play a lot of points before Miami.”