PARIS (REUTERS) - Ukraine's Elina Svitolina dug deep to produce her best tennis in adversity, beating Croatian qualifier Petra Martic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday to book a French Open quarter-final spot.
Martic, ranked 290th in the world after a 10-month injury layoff last year, was two points from victory at 5-2, 30-0 on her opponent's serve, but Svitolina unleashed a barrage of winners to claim 20 of the last 26 points.
"I decided to give everything I had and stay strong mentally. I hope I will recover from my injury," said the fifth seed, who received on-court treatment on her lower back at the beginning of the decider.
Paris-based Svitolina, one of the tournament favourites, next faces Romanian Simona Halep who she beat in the Italian Open final in Rome last month.
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Martic, playing in the fourth round here for the second time, was no pushover.
She had beaten two seeded players in previous rounds and was close to adding a third to her list when she served for the match at 5-3.
But Svitolina suddenly found her range, hitting seven winners and an ace in the last three games before Martic bowed out on the second match point when she sent a backhand into the net.