Elina Svitolina to Partner Dayana Yastremska After Former Partner Withdraws From Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/14/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat


As the Wimbledon Championships has concluded, the focus shifts onto the Tokyo Olympics 2020. There has been a recent update with regard to the Ukrainian tennis team. Elina Svitolina will be leading the side and will feature in the singles as well as the doubles categories. However, there has been a change in plans.

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Svitolina will be teaming up with Dayana Yastremska in the women’s doubles. Earlier, she was supposed to partner with Marta Kostyuk but due to a shoulder injury, she had no option but to withdraw from the competition. 

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

Elina Svitolina was involved in doubles not long ago 

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A week prior to the Wimbledon Championships at Eastbourne International, Svitolina partnered with Kostyuk but lost in the Round of 16 matches. All these players from the Ukrainian team were united at the Billie Jean King Cup recently. 

Speaking of Svitolina’s season so far, she began competing at the Australian Open but lost in the fourth round. Following that, she made it to the quarterfinals in Qatar. Soon after, she had her best performances of the year by making it to the semifinals in Miami and Stuttgart. 

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in action during her semi final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

In Rome, she was playing impressively by was halted in the quarterfinals by Iga Swiatek. At Roland Garros, she lost in the third round. During the grass season, she performed below her usual standards. She will be seen next at the Tokyo Olympics, beginning at the end of July. 

It will be interesting to see how she performs representing her nation as well as the hardcourt season in the North American region. 

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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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