Martic falters, sending Svitolina to the quarter-finals in Paris

Petra Martic from Croatia, who is currently ranked No. 126, found herself faltering when serving for the match, enabling the 5th seed, Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, to claw her way back and book her place in this year’s French Open quarter-finals.

Martic, who previously reached the fourth round in Paris in 2012, mixed up her game in the first set, forcing the errors off Svitolina’s racquet. The Croat then used her deadly serve to close out the set.

The Ukranian found her grip in the second set and turned the tables on the Croat, forcing her to make a number of unforced errors. To make matters worse, frustrations started creeping in which led to Martic arguing with the umpire. Svitolina took advantage of her opponent’s frustrations and despite receiving a medical timeout for back pain, soon forced the decider.

A now composed Martic started off well in the final set, again mixing up her shots. She soon found herself up 5-2 and serving for the match. That’s when the nerves set in and a string of errors combined with some luck and solid play, saw Svitolina power her way back and in to her second quarter-finals appearance in two years.

The final score was 4-6 6-3 7-5.