Former World No. 3 Elina Svitolina has made constant progress in her growth as a player. From the 2017 season onwards, there were performances that highlighted her improvement. She began the season by beating then World No. 1 Angelique Kerber during their match at Brisbane. Elina proceeded to win the Taiwan Open, brushing aside the four match points she faced during the tournament.
She ended that year as the third-best player in the world. In the following year, Elina won the biggest title of her career, the WTA Finals. During her journey in the event, she won all her group stage matches before clinching the title. She beat the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, and Petra Kvitova during the tournament.
Recently, the Ukrainian star paid emphasis on the early struggles she faced in her journey to becoming a professional tennis player. She said, “I was just by the courts all the time. When I was 10-11 years old, I started winning national tournaments…. My parents were saying that staying with Sam (brother) is not going to help my tennis. We were thinking to go somewhere abroad where I can play and compete with other stronger players.”
Elina also reflected back on the sacrifice she made to leave home and go abroad. However, she did feel the need to give it everything, and as of today, it has all paid off. She said, “It was not easy because I was away from home from the age of 12-13. But we just agreed that we were going to try and just give our best shot… Looking back at what I went through, it gave me you know this fighting spirit that I have.”
The 2-Time quarterfinalist at the Australian Open is currently in quarantine in Melbourne, where players are preparing themselves for the first major of the new season.