Elina Svitolina is steeling herself for a second-week push after a stirring comeback to deny China’s Shuai Zhang in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
The Ukrainian sixth seed managed a niggling neck injury and scraped her way back from a double break down in the final set to end the world No.42’s bold charge, 4-6 6-4 7-5.
Zhang held a memorable affinity for Melbourne Park as the site of her greatest grand slam run three years ago, when she reached the quarterfinals as a qualifier.
Outside of her 2016 run, the 29-year-old had never passed the third round in any of remaining 25 grand slam campaigns.
But on Saturday, she put herself in a position to reach just her second fourth round at a major with authoritative ball-striking keeping an at-times passive Svitolina struggling.