Elina Svitolina Receives a Special Honor in Ukraine Following Her Recent Success

Published 11/03/2021, 1:32 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning her second round match against Ann Li of the U.S. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


World No.14 Elina Svitolina recently suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Camila Osorio in the first round of the Tenerife Ladies Open 2021. The Colombian player made an incredible comeback and defeated Svitolina in three sets. The final scoreline of the match was 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

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Elina Svitolina hasn’t returned to the court since then. However, there has been a positive update from Elina’s camp recently as she received a special award in Ukraine.

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Elina Svitolina receives special award in Kiev

Today proved to be a great day for Svitolina. The Ukrainian star player received a state award in her country for her phenomenal contribution to the sport. She also updated some lovely pictures of herself when she got the honor and even wrote a beautiful caption along with the post.

 

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“Today was an incredible day. I had the honor to receive a state award – the Order of Princess Olga III degree and to be present at the opening of her star on the Square of Stars in Kiev,” wrote Svitolina in the caption of her Instagram post. (Translated via Google Translate)

Interestingly, Svitolina bagged the bronze medal for her nation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. It can be one of the reasons why the country’s government decided to honor her this year.

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“Great importance to us athletes”- Svitolina on her state award

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In the same post, Svitolina penned down that the award means a lot to her. She also thanked her family, team and all the fans for their continuous support. The Ukrainian player seemed really cheerful and feels proud to bring glory to her country.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021. Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

“Such awards are of great importance to us athletes. It is motivation, gratitude and confidence. I am grateful to my family, team and fans and happy to be among those who glorify Ukraine with their achievements,” added the World No.14 player.

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Elina Svitolina’s return date on the tour is uncertain right now. Will she be able to end the season within the top-10 WTA players?

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Anshul Singh

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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 1000 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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