WATCH: Elina Svitolina Trains With Gael Monfils in Rain Ahead of Her Clash With Iga Swiatek at Italian Open 2021

Published 05/14/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
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


The weather has not been that great in Rome since the past week. Even though it is sunny most of the time, fans have witnessed some frequent showers as well, which have suspended the matches for quite some time. However, this bad weather can’t stop players like Elina Svitolina from practicing on clay at the Italian Open 2021.

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World No.6 Elina Svitolina has had a poor season so far. However, she can turn the tables around at the Italian Open 2021 as she is in the quarter-finals of the tournament right now. She is not wasting a single moment and fans recently saw her doing something extraordinary.

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Svitolina recently practiced on clay while it was raining. She performed some forehand and backhand drills with her partner Gael Monfils.

The Ukrainian player looked really determined in the video and will surely prove to be a big challenge for Iga Swiatek in the quarters of the Italian Open 2021.

Svitolina won the Italian Open in 2017 after defeating World No.3 Simona Halep in the finals. Fans really have high expectations from her and believe that she can once again conquer Rome this year.

Elina Svitolina in the 2021 tennis season so far

Svitolina hasn’t had a great season in 2021 so far as the World No.6 player is yet to win a title this year. Although she came close to winning a title on two occasions, she failed to finish well.

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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

Svitolina reached the semis of the Miami Open and Stuttgart Open 2021. However, she lost in both of them to World No.1 Ashleigh Barty. The WTA Dubai Open and Mutua Madrid Open 2021 proved to be disastrous for her as she failed to win even a single match at both tournaments.

The Italian Open 2021 is a golden chance for Svitolina to gain some form before the French Open. She’ll surely be eyeing her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris this year and can do so if she succeeds in Rome. Will Svitolina be able to get past Swiatek at the Italian Open 2021?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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