Elina Svitolina fell in the deciding set against Leylah Fernandez at the US Open and It is the third time in her career that she has lost in the quarterfinals of a Major against a player who makes her debut in an instance of such magnitude: Elise Mertens, Nadia Podoroska and the Canadian , the executioners of the number five in the world.
The Ukrainian is one of the most regular players on the circuit. It has been in the Top 10 since May 2017, but it has a weak point: the Cinderellas of the Grand Slams in the quarterfinals. Against tennis players who play a game of this caliber for the first time, Svitolina has a 1-3 record. In the Australian Open 2018 he could not face Elise Mertens (37th), at Roland Garros 2020 he yielded against Nadia Podoroska (131st) and in this US Open 2021 he was the victim of Fernández (73rd). The only victory was obtained at Wimbledon 2019 against Karolina Muchova (68 °).
Beyond this “karma” the Ukrainian remains among the best in the world, has played two semi-finals and eight quarter-finals (2-6 history) at Major level.