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Elina Svitolina holds off Ons Jabeur to reach Taiwan semis

By The Sports Xchange
Elina Svitolina holds off Ons Jabeur to reach Taiwan semis
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Top seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine advanced to the semifinals at the Taiwan Open with a hard-earned win over Ons Jabeur on Friday.

Svitolina needed almost two hours and saved four match points to win 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4) in her quarterfinal match against the Tunisian qualifier.

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"She was playing really aggressive today and most things were working for her today," Svitolina said in her post-match press conference. "It was very tough, because I wasn't feeling well this morning because I've had the flu.

"I decided to go on court and try to give my best, and it happened in the first set. But then she played really good

Up next for Svitolina is Luxembourg's Mandy Minella, who came back from a set down to beat Zhu Lin of China 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova defeated No. 6 seed Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (1) to reach the semifinals.

"I knew I had to be aggressive and sharp, because she's a tough player and runs a lot," Safarova said. "I had to be really ready today. I stayed solid during the key moments."

Safarova will face Peng Shuai for a spot in the final after the unseeded Chinese player stunned No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

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