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ELINA MYKHAYLIVNA SVITOLINA (Ukrainian : Еліна Михайлівна Світоліна, pronounced ; born 12 September 1994) is a Ukrainian professional tennis player. Having turned professional in 2010, Svitolina is currently ranked at her career-high ranking of world no. 3 as of 11 September 2017.

Svitolina has won nine WTA singles titles, her biggest coming at Premier 5 -level tournaments, the Dubai Tennis
Tennis
Championships , Italian Open and Canadian Open , all in 2017. At the 2015 French Open
French Open
, she reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal where she was defeated by former champion Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
. In February 2017, after winning the title in Dubai, Svitolina made history by becoming the first Ukrainian woman to break into the top 10 rankings.

Throughout her career, Svitolina has scored victories over the likes of Grand Slam champions Ivanovic, Serena Williams
Serena Williams
, Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
, Garbiñe Muguruza
Garbiñe Muguruza
and Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
, defeating the latter in 2014 for her first top 10 win. She also has four wins over a world no. 1 to her name, three over Kerber and one over Williams. In doubles, Svitolina has won two titles, both at the İstanbul Cup
İstanbul Cup
, in 2014 and 2015. Her career-high ranking in doubles play is world no. 108, which she reached on 4 May 2015.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Early career * 2.2 2013: First WTA title * 2.3 2014: Second WTA title, first Premier 5 semifinal * 2.4 2015: First Grand Slam quarterfinal * 2.5 2016: Fourth WTA title, Olympic quarterfinals * 2.6 2017: Second French Open
French Open
quarterfinal, first three Premier 5 titles, Top 5 debut

* 3 Playing style, equipment, and coaches

* 4 Career statistics

* 4.1 Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

* 5 References * 6 External links

EARLY LIFE

Svitolina was born in Odessa
Odessa
, Ukraine
Ukraine
to a Jewish family, to parents Mikhaylo Svitolin and Olena Svitolina. She has a brother named Yulian. She currently resides in Kharkiv
Kharkiv
. She started playing tennis at the age of five when she was introduced to the sport by her family. Her favourite surfaces are grass and clay . She is dating English cricket player Reece Topley .

CAREER

EARLY CAREER

Svitolina's best achievement as a junior is winning the French Open girls event in 2010, beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the final. She reached her first professional singles final at the ITF $25,000 tournament in Kharkiv
Kharkiv
in May 2010. Svitolina also reached the final of the girls' singles event at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships where she lost to Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
. Svitolina qualified for the 2012 US Open . She was defeated in the first round by 12th seed and eventual quarter-finalist Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
of Serbia
Serbia
. She won the WTA 125K 2012 Royal Indian Open title in Pune
Pune
, defeating Andreja Klepač
Andreja Klepač
, Rutuja Bhosale , Luksika Kumkhum , former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic
, and Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm
Kimiko Date-Krumm
in the final.

2013: FIRST WTA TITLE

Svitolina gained direct entry into the 2013 Australian Open
Australian Open
, where she was defeated by fifth seed Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in the first round. She won her first WTA title in at the 2013 Baku Cup by beating Shahar Pe\'er ; in doing so, Svitolina became the first teenager to win a WTA tournament since February 2012. The victory also translated into a jump of 32 spots in the WTA Rankings , landing her at No. 49 in the rankings of 29 July 2013.

2014: SECOND WTA TITLE, FIRST PREMIER 5 SEMIFINAL

At the 2014 Australian Open
Australian Open
, Svitolina defeated two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open
Australian Open
quarter-finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round in straight sets. She went on to reach the third round, losing to Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens
in straight sets.

After defending her Baku Cup title by beating Bojana Jovanovski
Bojana Jovanovski
in the final, Svitolina played at the Western "> Svitolina at the 2015 French Open
French Open

Svitolina began her 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International where she reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
. At the Australian Open
Australian Open
, Svitolina reached the third round, and won the first set against world number one and eventual champion Serena Williams
Serena Williams
before losing in three sets. She fell in the second round in both Dubai and Doha , losing in tight three set matches to Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
and Victoria Azarenka respectively.

As the 23rd seed in Indian Wells , she defeated Alison Van Uytvanck and Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
, before losing in the fourth round to Timea Bacsinszky . The following week in Miami , she defeated Bojana Jovanovski , before losing in the third round to the eighth seed Ekaterina Makarova
Ekaterina Makarova
. As the top seed at a tournament for the first time in Bogotá , Svitolina reached the semifinals, defeating Louisa Chirico , Danka Kovinić
Danka Kovinić
and Irina Falconi
Irina Falconi
, before losing to eventual champion Teliana Pereira .

Svitolina continued her successful start to the clay court season by winning her third career title and first on clay in Marrakech , recovering from 2–5 down in the opening set to defeat Tímea Babos in straight sets. The victory propelled her to a career high ranking of 21. She also reached the semifinals in doubles with compatriot Olga Savchuk . The following week in Madrid , after easily dispatching Daniela Hantuchová
Daniela Hantuchová
, Svitolina lost to Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
for the sixth time in her career. A similar scenario occurred in Rome , where she defeated Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta
in straight sets before losing to Venus Williams .

At the French Open
French Open
, after comfortably seeing off Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer
in her opening match, Svitolina had to recover from 0–3 in the second set and 1–4 in the final set to beat Yulia Putintseva in a match that lasted over three hours. Another tight three set victory ensued in the third round against Annika Beck
Annika Beck
, before Svitolina defeated Alizé Cornet
Alizé Cornet
in a rain-interrupted fourth round encounter to set up a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal against seventh seed Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic
, which she lost in straight sets. Svitolina rose to number 17 after this tournament, surpassing Alona Bondarenko
Alona Bondarenko
as the highest-ranked Ukrainian woman in the Open Era, including women from Ukraine
Ukraine
who played under the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
.

Svitolina's grass court season was significantly less successful, losing in three sets in the second round of Eastbourne to Heather Watson . As the 17th seed at Wimbledon , she came from a set down to beat Misaki Doi
Misaki Doi
, who beat her at the same stage the previous year, before again losing in the second round to Australian Casey Dellacqua . Despite losing in the first round of İstanbul to Magdaléna Rybáriková , Svitolina successfully defended her doubles title from the previous year, this time partnering Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
.

Svitolina began her American hard court season with a run to the semifinals in Stanford , losing in straight sets to eventual champion Angelique Kerber. At the Rogers Cup , Svitolina lost in the first round to Victoria Azarenka. Svitolina bettered her performance from the previous year in Cincinnati , defeating Alison Riske
Alison Riske
, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia
to reach the quarterfinals, before defeating Lucie Šafářová
Lucie Šafářová
for the second time this year to progress to her second Premier 5 Semifinal, where she lost to Serena Williams. Svitolina concluded her warm up for the US Open in New Haven , where she retired from her first round match against Madison Keys
Madison Keys
. She progressed to the third round of the US Open , defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova and Kaia Kanepi , before losing to 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova for the third time this year.

The Asian hard court swing began in Tokyo for Svitolina, where she lost in the second round to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
. Svitolina failed to repeat her success from the previous year in Wuhan , losing in the third round to Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
. Similarly disappointing results ensued for Svitolina, losing in the second round of Beijing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
, and the first round of Tianjin to Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
.

Despite this disappointing end to her season, Svitolina's consistency throughout the year earned her a spot as the eighth seed at the inaugural WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. She was drawn into Group B with second seed Carla Suárez Navarro
Carla Suárez Navarro
and Andrea Petkovic. Svitolina topped the group by winning both her matches, advancing to the semifinals where she lost to Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
. Svitolina's last match of the season was against Pauline Parmentier
Pauline Parmentier
in the first round of the 125K event in Limoges , which she lost on a final set tiebreak.

2016: FOURTH WTA TITLE, OLYMPIC QUARTERFINALS

Svitolina at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open

Svitolina began her season at the 2016 Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup
, representing Ukraine
Ukraine
with Alexandr Dolgopolov . She was undefeated in her singles matches in the round robin stage, defeating Victoria Duval , Karolína Plíšková and Jarmila Wolfe
Jarmila Wolfe
. Svitolina and Dolgopolov were the winners of their group, and advanced to the final, where the Australian pairing of Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
defeated them 2–0, with Svitolina losing her singles match in straight sets. At the Sydney International , Svitolina lost in the first round to Angelique Kerber. She then competed at the 2016 Australian Open
Australian Open
, where she defeated Victoria Duval in straight sets, before losing to Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka
in the second round.

In her first tournament with Justine Henin
Justine Henin
acting as a coaching consultant, Svitolina advanced to the semifinals in Dubai , defeating qualifier Jana Čepelová , earning her first top 10 win of the year over second seed Garbiñe Muguruza, and battling past CoCo Vandeweghe in three sets, before losing to eventual champion Sara Errani
Sara Errani
. Svitolina subsequently lost in the first round in Doha to Denisa Allertová .

Her next tournament was the Malaysian Open , where she defeated Miyu Kato , Risa Ozaki
Risa Ozaki
, Kristína Kučová and Zhu Lin en route to the final where she beat a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
in a rain-interrupted marathon to win her 4th WTA title. This victory saw her maintain her perfect record in WTA finals, as well as improving her ranking to a career high of 14.

At the 2016 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, 17th seed Svitolina defeated Annika Beck
Annika Beck
, before losing in straight sets to ninth seed Roberta Vinci . Then, in Miami, after defeating Australian Open quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai , Svitolina scored one of the biggest victories of her career, coming from a break down in the third set to defeat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in three sets in the third round. Svitolina subsequently lost in the fourth round to Ekaterina Makarova, who beat her at the same tournament last year.

Svitolina began her clay court season with a disappointing first round loss to Alexandra Panova in Bogotá , followed by a second round loss to Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
in Madrid , and a first round loss to qualifier Monica Puig
Monica Puig
in Rome . Entering the 2016 French Open in poor form, Svitolina beat Romanian qualifier Sorana Cîrstea
Sorana Cîrstea
and wildcard Taylor Townsend before beating nemesis and former world number one Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. She then lost in the fourth round to world number one, defending champion and eventual finalist Serena Williams.

After Roland Garros, Svitolina began her grass season in Birmingham where she lost in the first round to Carla Suárez Navarro. At Wimbledon, she beat Naomi Broady
Naomi Broady
in straight sets before being upset by Yaroslava Shvedova
Yaroslava Shvedova
.

At the Rio Olympics , Svitolina scored her first win over defending champion and then World Number 1 Serena Williams
Serena Williams
in the third round to reach the quarterfinals, defeating the out-of-sorts American in straight sets. Svitolina failed to follow up her landmark victory in the next round, however, losing to eventual bronze medalist Petra Kvitová.

Svitolina's American hard court season began with a run to the third round of Montréal , losing to Angelique Kerber. After a disappointing early loss to Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova
in Cincinnati , she rebounded at New Haven , reaching the final before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
. At the US Open , Svitolina reached the third round for the second consecutive year with wins over Mandy Minella
Mandy Minella
and Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis
, however she lost to Petra Kvitová
Petra Kvitová
once again.

The Asian swing proved to be fruitful for Svitolina, reaching the semifinals of both Tokyo , where she was defeated by Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka
, and Beijing , her first semifinal at Premier Mandatory level, losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska
Agnieszka Radwańska
. As a result, her ranking was propelled back up to 15, one place shy of her career high, and guaranteed her a place in Zhuhai for the second year running. Her good form continued at the last Premier event of the season in Moscow , where she reached the semifinals, her 3rd in 4 tournaments, before bowing out to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova
.

Svitolina concluded her season as the fourth seed in Zhuhai . She topped her group by defeating Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens
and Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina
, and then came from a set down to defeat top seed Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta
in the semifinals to advance to her third final of the year, where she lost to Petra Kvitová. Svitolina finished the season ranked 14th, with an impressive 13–5 win-loss record following the US Open.

2017: SECOND FRENCH OPEN QUARTERFINAL, FIRST THREE PREMIER 5 TITLES, TOP 5 DEBUT

Svitolina at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
2017 Wimbledon Championships

Svitolina began her 2017 season with a strong showing in Brisbane , defeating world number 1 Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber
in the quarterfinals, before losing to eventual champion Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
in the following round. The victory over Kerber signified her third win over a number 1 ranked player in 5 months. Svitolina was seeded 11th at the Australian Open , her highest seeding to date. She equalled her best showing in Melbourne, reaching the third round with victories over Galina Voskoboeva and Julia Boserup , before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Svitolina won her fifth career title at the Taiwan Open , fending off four match points in her quarterfinal encounter with Ons Jabeur , before defeating Peng Shuai
Peng Shuai
in the final. Svitolina next competed in Ukraine's Fed Cup tie against Australia, where she won both of her singles rubbers to help Ukraine
Ukraine
set up a play-off against Germany. Svitolina continued her strong start to the season in Dubai , where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki
in straight sets in the final to capture her first title at Premier 5 level. This win propelled her into the WTA Top 10 for the first time in her career, making her the first Ukrainian ever to do so. Svitolina failed to carry her momentum into the American hard court swing, losing in the fourth round of Indian Wells to Garbiñe Muguruza, and the second round of Miami to Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
.

Svitolina began the clay court season by capturing her third title of the year in İstanbul . Rebounding from a disappointing loss to Zheng Saisai in the first round of Madrid , Svitolina then proceeded to reach her second Premier 5 level final of the year, and fourth overall, in Rome . After defeating two top 5 players en route in Karolína Plíšková
Karolína Plíšková
and Garbiñe Muguruza, she faced off against Simona Halep
Simona Halep
, whom she defeated in three sets to claim the title. The win propelled her to a career high of number six in the singles rankings, as well as to the top spot in the Race to Singapore. She then started her campaign at the French Open
French Open
as one of the favourites to win the tournament. Svitolina progressed through her first three matches with relative ease, defeating Yaroslava Shvedova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Magda Linette
Magda Linette
repsectively. Svitolina then overcame qualifier Petra Martić in a tight three set encounter to advance to her second Major quarterfinal. She faced Simona Halep
Simona Halep
in a rematch of the Rome final. Svitolina lead by a set and 5–1 and held a match point against the 2014 finalist, but ended up losing 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 0–6.

At Wimbledon , Svitolina surpassed her previous performances by reaching the fourth round, defeating Birmingham finalist and potential dark horse Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty
in the first round. She then eased past Francesca Schiavone
Francesca Schiavone
and Carina Witthöft
Carina Witthöft
, before bowing out to 13th seed and French Open
French Open
champion Jeļena Ostapenko in straight sets.

Svitolina's fifth title of the year, and third successive at Premier 5 level, came in Toronto , where she defeated four top 10 players en route in Venus Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep
Simona Halep
and Caroline Wozniacki. Svitolina's first loss of the season at Premier 5 level came the following week in the third round of Cincinnati , losing to Julia Görges
Julia Görges
.

Svitolina entered the US Open knowing that a run to the semifinals would see her claim the World Number 1 Ranking for the first time. She overcame Kateřina Siniaková in a rain-interrupted three-set encounter, before easing past Evgeniya Rodina
Evgeniya Rodina
and Shelby Rogers
Shelby Rogers
to reach the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time. She was then defeated by eventual runner-up Madison Keys
Madison Keys
in three sets.

PLAYING STYLE, EQUIPMENT, AND COACHES

Svitolina worked with Iain Hughes for two and a half years, and chose to split with him in November 2016. In February 2016, Svitolina appointed former world number one Justine Henin
Justine Henin
as a member of her coaching team. In late 2016, Svitolina announced that Gabriel Urpi would be her new coach, with Thierry Ascione replacing Henin as her new coaching consultant.

Svitolina thinks of herself as an offensive baseliner, but she has a complete baseline game. Her groundstrokes are very consistent and are hit with moderate-to-big power. Her backhand is probably her stronger side, especially with her backhand down the line, but both of her groundstrokes penetrate the court well. She demonstrates good movement around the court and is capable of hitting very accurate shots on the run. Svitolina possesses a consistent serve but isn't exceptionally fast. She has recently been working on improving her serve and it has performed much better in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Svitolina's weakness is probably her volleying at the net as she has been known to struggle with this. However, she has good reactions and can accelerate well across the court to deal with short balls.

Svitolina uses Wilson racquets and is sponsored by Nike , having previously been sponsored by Italian sports apparel company Ellesse and French apparel Lacoste
Lacoste
.

CAREER STATISTICS

Main article: Elina Svitolina career statistics

KEY W F SF QF #R RR Q# A NH

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE TIMELINE

Currently through 2017 US Open

TOURNAMENT 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L

Australian Open
Australian Open
A A 1R 3R 3R 2R 3R 0 / 5 7–5

French Open
French Open
Q1 Q2 2R 2R QF 4R QF 0 / 5 13–5

Wimbledon A Q1 1R 1R 2R 2R 4R 0 / 5 5–5

US Open A 1R 2R 1R 3R 3R 4R 0 / 6 8–6

WIN–LOSS 0–0 0–1 2–4 3–4 9–4 7–4 12–4 0 / 21 33–21

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French Open
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Kharkiv
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Ukraine
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Tennis
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Elina Svitolina
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Serena Williams
fends off Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina
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