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Elina Svitolina halts Johanna Konta to advance into semis

Elina Svitolina halts Johanna Konta to advance into semis”

Johanna Konta insists she is capable of winning a Grand Slam title as long as she keeps giving herself the chance.

Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, reacts after defeating Johanna Konta, of the United Kingdom, during the quarterfinals of the US Open.

Boyfriend Monfils, the 13th seed in the men's draw, is through to a fourth quarter-final at Flushing Meadows and will look to equal his best Slam run when he meets Italian Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday.

Fifth seed Svitolina, 24, advanced to the last four at a second consecutive Grand Slam after matching her run to the Wimbledon semi-finals in July.

"It's nice to feel that I've still got room to just get better in the sport", Konta, 28, said.

"He's there for me, he's supporting me, and I'm there for him as well", she said during her run at the All England Club.

"I don't have any regrets or any hindsight in what I did before or during the match".

And Konta felt that being made to play the extra ball was her downfall. I actually felt like I was doing a lot of good things out there, a lot of the right things. It's frustrating. You know, I would have loved to have come through that and come through a challenge like her, but I guess it will just have to be next time.

"For me, it gave me lots of confidence, as well, because I was playing really good sometimes".

"She gave me opportunities, for sure, in that match, and I actually took them and won the match".

For Konta, it is now a trip to Broadway to watch actor Tom Hiddleston in "Betrayal".

Konta nearly dropped out of the world's top 50 towards the end of previous year and again at the end of April after a disappointing start to the season where she failed to progress past the third round of a tournament.

"I think hitting with him, it has definitely helped me to improve my reaction and my footwork, move really quickly", Svitolina said of the impact Monfils has had. I was just taking one point at a time and trying to stay calm.

"I'm very happy with how I handled the pressure".



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