“I found myself,” reflected the No.4 seed.
“I was fighting to get back into the match, and I think for me it was very important to play an extra ball over the net, and to fight until the end, until the last point of the first set, to find my game, and this was the key,” added Svitolina, who believes a combination of factors contributed to the start. “I think I did it pretty good, and then my level was getting better and better.”
The world No.4 began to dictate, mixing in delicate drop shots and disrupting Tomljanovic’s rhythm. Svitolina retrieved a smash with a deflected cross-court backhand passing shot, leaping into the air in celebration en route to levelling the set.
Eight successive games earned her a 7-5 2-0 advantage, with the fourth seed edging towards top gear.
Tomljanovic managed to halt the run to restore parity in set two, but two-time French Open quarter-finalist Svitolina gained the crucial breakthrough at 4-3 with assertive striking, and would soon surge to victory.
The Ukrainian will take on 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone or Viktoria Kuzmova in the second round.