It was a tough quarterfinal match for Elina Svitolina in Taipei. Nearly two hours lasted her three-set encounter against Ons Jaber of Tunisia. Only in the third set tiebreak Elina managed to book her spot in the semifinals 6-1 3-6 7-6 (4).
Ons Jaber served for the match twice and had four matchpoints on Elina's serve in the ninth game of the deciding set, but failed to serve out the match.
- My opponent played unbelievable today, - Elina admitted during her on-court interview. - I was a bit lucky in the end of the match, because Ons played really great. Fortunately, I was able to fight through everything, and the fans helped a lot. They supported me, even when I was down in the score, so thanks to everyone. Jaber showed great tennis, she fought, even after losing the first set. This is a good start of the season for her, Ons defeated a few strong opponents, so I think she will have a good season.
In the semifinals Elina will play against World No. 93 Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. Last year Elina won their only meeting in the first round of the US Open.