Elina Svitolina must beware the trend of tumbling seeds at this year’s French Open when she takes on Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.
The Ukrainian third seed is the highest-ranked player left in the tournament and could be on a collision course with Iga Swiatek, the conqueror of 2018 champion and title favourite Simona Halep.
Svitolina will hope it is third time lucky after two previous French Open quarter-final exits in 2015 and 2017. The Ukrainian led Halep 6-3, 5-1 in the last eight three years ago, and had a match point, before suffering a gut-wrenching collapse.
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