Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, returns against Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Charles Krupa
August 25, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Elina Svitolina advanced to the Connecticut Open semifinals Thursday with a relatively easy 6-3, 6-1 victory over Olympics doubles champion Elena Vesnina.

Svitolina, the 21-year-old Ukrainian player who upset Serena Williams in Rio, outran her Russian opponent and took advantage of 33 unforced errors. Svitolina will face Johanna Larsson on Friday.

Larsson continued her improbable run in New Haven, upsetting second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-6 (9), 6-1. The 28-year-old Swede lost in qualifying, but got into the main draw when Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrew because of a shoulder injury

Vinci said she was bothered by an injury to a tendon in her left foot that has been giving her problems since the Olympics.

Three-time champion Petra Kvitova faced Ekaterina Makarova, and top-seed Agnieszka Radwanska played another lucky loser, Kirsten Flipkens, later Thursday.

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