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Madison Keys beaten by Elina Svitolina in topsy-turvy last 16 clash

Madison Keys beaten by Elina Svitolina in topsy-turvy clash as Ukranian No 6 seed reaches quarter finals

  • Last-16 clash between Madison Keys and Elina Svitolina swung both ways 
  • The Ukrainian eventually saw off her American opponent 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 
  • She crucially held serve after 11 deuces on her serve at 1-1 in the final set 

Elina Svitolina has reached the last eight of the Australian Open after a last 16 clash against Madison Keys where the momentum swung both ways. 

The Ukrainian, ranked as the No 6 seed in Melbourne, eventually saw off her American opponent 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. 

She crucially held serve after 11 deuces on her serve at 1-1 in the final set, before streaking away to book her quarter final spot. 

Madison Keys has been knocked out of the Australian Open by No 6 seed Elina Svitolina

Svitolina saved five break points in the marathon game, with the hold giving her the momentum to streak into a second successive Australian quarter final.

Keys has struggled with injury going into the opening major of 2019, and eventually ran out of steam in a 96-minute epic.

Of those 96 minutes, 20 were spent on that marathon third game of the third set, after the opening two sets had passed in a flash. 

Svitolina will play US Open champion and No 4 seed Naomi Osaka in what promises to be a highly competitive quarter final. 

Svitolina denied Keys five break points at 1-1 in the third set, before winning 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

Svitolina denied Keys five break points at 1-1 in the third set, before winning 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

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