Elina Svitolina Attains a Prestigious Streak and Joins Serena Williams and Simona Halep

Published 08/09/2021, 6:44 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrates after winning her second round match against Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia REUTERS/Edgar Su


Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina has been one of the top names in the women’s game for a while now. In recent years, she has made considerable progress on Tour. At the Tokyo Olympics, she bagged the bronze medal, which is one of the highlights of her career.

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Recently, Svitolina entered the 200th week as a top 10 player in the WTA rankings. It is an incredible achievement, and it highlights her dominance at the top of the sport. In doing so, she has joined an elite group, which includes Serena Williams and Simona Halep.

Her performances have been thoroughly consistent, and the rankings prove it. Currently the sixth-best player in the world, she reached her career-best ranking (so far) as World No. 3 in September 2017.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine reacts after winning her quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi of Italy REUTERS/Mike Segar

The Ukrainian player has managed to win tournaments regularly; however, she has been unlucky at the Grand Slam events. She has come as far as the semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open in 2019.

Elina Svitolina began her season in Australia 

Reflecting on her season so far, Svitolina began in Melbourne and ended her stint after a fourth-round loss. Later, she reached the semifinal in Miami and Stuttgart, but lost to World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty on both occasions. 

Prior to the French Open, she was seen in Rome, where she reached the quarterfinals, only to be beaten by Polish star Iga Swiatek. Then, at Roland Garros, she lost in the third round and failed to make it to the second week of the tournament.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her first round match against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Her last tournament on the Tour was at the Wimbledon Championships, where she suffered a second-round loss. However, she has had some success in the past week, winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. 

The Ukrainian is expected to compete at the events during the US Open Series. It will be interesting to see how she performs during the hardcourt season. We wish her all the best for the upcoming tournaments and for the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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