From Losing at French Open and Wimbledon to Claiming a Medal at Olympics, Elina Svitolina Reveals Her Recent Rough Road

Published 08/10/2021, 12:56 PM EDT
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


The 2021 season, both professionally and personally, has been a rollercoaster one for Elina Svitolina. While she lost at the French Open, she just won her maiden Olympic medal at the Tokyo Olympics last week. On the personal front, she recently married long-time boyfriend Gael Monfils just before reaching Tokyo. Now in a good place after her bronze medal win, she is planning on performing well in the upcoming North American tournaments.

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Elina Svitolina gearing up for the upcoming North American tour

With the Canadian Open having kicked off yesterday, both the men’s and women’s events are in full swing at the Toronto and Montreal courts as players prepare for the upcoming US Open.

Elina, the number three seed in Montreal, will be hoping to continue her good run. After a poor summer and failed attempts at Roland Garros and Wimbledon Championships, it is time for redemption.

I feel mentally much better. Before the Olympics, it had been a couple of really tough tournaments for me. Early exits at Wimbledon and playing not as good as I wanted at Roland Garros, so it was really tough for me,” said Elina, as reported by Tennis365.

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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

An Olympic medal has awoken the inner tiger of Svitolina

A tired and wearied Svitolina got the desired rest for herself after coming back from Tokyo. She beat Elena Rybakina in the bronze medal match, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. A tough first-set defeat did not demotivate her from giving up during the match.

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For sure, physically I was really tired after Tokyo but I had a few days off and that really helped me to recover and really enjoy this win. Right now I feel much better,” said Elina.

Even though she would have personally favored the gold or silver, the bronze medal has uplifted her mood. In order to perform well at the US Open, she needed a boost of motivation. A strong finish at the Canadian Open will increase her chances further.

Coming back strong at the Olympics, playing some great tennis, good tennis, even when I was down. Winning that medal really inspired me to play until the very last point and to fight for what I want. I’m now more happy and really in a good mood for the US swing,” said Svitolina.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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