WTA Rising Stars Preview: Elina Svitolina

Tuesday, Jul 25

This Ukrainian rising star won the junior Roland Garros title at 15-years-old. Between 2013-2016 she won one title per season – four titles overall. So far in 2017 she’s won four titles in five months. At 22-years-old she holds and outstanding 8-2 career record in finals.

Elina Svitolina is enjoying some of her best tennis alongside a career-best ranking this season. She currently sits at no. 5 in the world thanks to her four titles and a 39-9 season record.

Svitolina began the season with a semi-final run in Brisbane. She rode a 13-match win streak after the Australian Open, including two title runs in Taipei City and Kuala Lumpur and a sweep against Australia in Fed Cup. The clay swing brought Svitolina more success as she also claimed the title in Istanbul and Rome. She was a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros and made the fourth round at Wimbledon.

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Svitolina is one of the top 20 servers in women’s tennis. Through 44 matches she’s hit 122 aces and is winning 71% of her service games. She’s also threatening on the return, winning 42% on her opponent’s first serve and nearly 60% on the second serve. She’s won 48% of her return games this season.

This season Svitolina has grabbed wins over Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova. Svitolina’s results have earned her a career-high ranking of no. 5 this summer. She holds more titles than any other 22-year-old (or younger).

Svitolina is also riding a four-match win streak over world no. 3 Angelique Kerber – three of those wins coming this season while Kerber was no. 1. Svitolina also ended Serena Williams’ hopes at defending her Olympic gold medal last summer in Rio after winning her first match against the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 6-3.

Svitolina has played 44 matches so far in 2017, only behind fellow Top 20 players Caroline Wozniacki (52), Kristina Mladenovic (48) and Karolina Pliskova (45).

Riding a career-best season, Svitolina will be looking to impose herself as a title favourite in Toronto for Rogers Cup.

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