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Elina Svitolina: I Always Have The Highest Goals For Every Tournament

After beating Cornet in Birmingham, Svitolina admitted she has her eyes on the title. She also hailed her consistency on every surface.

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Elina Svitolina advanced to the quarter-final in Birmingham for the first time after a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win over Alize Cornet and admitted afterwards that she is thinking about the title.

 

“It’s always the goal for me to win the tournament,” she said. “I take it one day at a time, but in my mind I always have the highest goals for every tournament I enter.”

The Ukrainian had to be patient against Cornet as the Frenchwoman served well for most of the opening set, which made her hard to break down.

However, the World No.41 did have one bad service game and, after watching three break points go by, Svitolina took her fourth chance to move ahead. That break was all she needed to win the first set 6-4.

Despite a more emphatic scoreline, the second set was far less predictable. Cornet had three chances to break in game two, and could have mounted a comeback if she had taken any of them.

Instead, those misses proved very costly for the Frenchwoman as Svitolina broke her in games three and five to set her on course to win the set 6-2.

Svitolina pleased with her consistency

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The Ukrainian will now compete in only her second grass court quarter-final since she turned professional in 2010, and she believes most of her past struggles on the surface were psychological.

“Mentally I was more struggling more than anything else,” she said. “In general, I’m getting better. Hard court, clay court, I’m more consistent. That’s why I think I’m playing better, (because I’m) more consistent at all the tournaments.”

Svitolina continued, “That’s the goal for everyone: to play well and be consistent because the season is very, very long.”

“So that’s why I know, to be on top of the women’s ranking you have to play well all season, at every tournament, no matter what surface.”

The Ukrainian’s opponent in the last eight will be Mihaela Buzarnescu, who fought back from a set down to beat Petra Martic 4-6 6-3 6-2.

The Romanian, 30, stunned Svitolina in the second round of the French Open just a few weeks ago, so now the World No.5 has a chance to get some revenge.

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Karolina Pliskova hires Sascha Bajin as new coach

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Former world number 1 player Karolina Pliskova has hired German coach Sasha Bajin for the upcoming 2021 season. The Czech player has split up with Daniel Vallverdu. 

 

Under the guidance of Vallverdu Pliskova has not won a single title in 2020 but she reached her second final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the tournament she won in 2019 beating Johanna Konta. This year she was forced to withdraw from the Rome final against Simona Halep due to an injury problem. 

Pliskova successfully defended her 2019 title in Brisbane and lost to Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the Australian Open and was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the quarter finals in Dubai. She lost to Ons Jabeur in Doha. In her first tournament after the suspension due to the pandemic Pliskova was beaten by Veronika Kudemertova in the second round at the Western and Southern Open in New York. At the US Open Karolina was knocked out by Caroline Garcia in the second round. 

The Czech star lost in the first round in Ostrava after winning the first set. 

Bajin parted his ways with Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in 2020. The Ukrainian player was not happy after Bajin praised Naomi Osaka, who beat Yastremska at the US Open. 

Pliskova introduced her new coaching team to her fans on Twitter. 

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WTA will change the names of tournament categories

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The WTA will change the names of its tournament categories to be in line with ATP, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. 

 

The Premier Mandatory tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing) and Premier 5 tournaments (Doha, Rome, Rogers Cup in Canada, Cincinnati and Wuhan) will shift to 1000s. Premier tournaments will be renamed 500 tournaments under the new system. International events will change to 250 events. $125Ks will be renamed as 125-events. 

Points given to the winners might not be the same as the event level unlike the ATP tournaments. The WTA currently awards 1000 points, 900 points and 470 points.The WTA tournament in Madrid will extend by three days. It will be a 11-day event. 

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Elise Mertens sets up Linz final against her doubles partner Aryna Sabalenka

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Number 2 seed and two-time US Open quarter finalist Elise Mertens came back from one set down in her 2-6 6-1 7-5 win over number 4 Ekaterina Aleksandrova 2-6 6-1 7-5 after 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach the final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz. Mertens will face Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Barbora Krejikova 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the second semifinal.

 

Mertens reached the Prague Open final, the Western and Southern Open semifinals and the US Open in a successful post-covid season. Aleksandrova beat 2020 Roland Garros Nadia Podorska 6-2 6-1 in the quarter finals. 

The Russian player won the Shenzhen Open and reached the St. Petersburg semifinal. She did not drop a set en route to the semifinals. 

The Belgian player was beaten by Aleksandrova 6-4 6-2 in their only previous clash on grass at the s’Hertogenbosch Open. 

Aleksandrova earned two breaks and served out the first set 6-2 on her first chance. Mertens went up a 4-0 lead with a double break and sealed the second set, when Aleksandrova made a backhand error. Mertens converted her fourth break point in the eighth game to seal the third set, when Aleksandrova made a backhand error. 

Mertens set up a final clash against her doubles partner Aryna Sabalenka, who battled past former Doubles world number 1 Barbora Krejikova 7-5 4-6 6-3. Sabalenka ended the year in the top 10 for the first time in her career. With a win in the final against Mertens Sabalenka would tie Simona Halep for most titles won this year. Sabalenka clinched two WTA titles earlier this season in Doha and Ostrava. The Belarusian player has not dropped a set in her three mathces this week against Jasmine Paolini, Stefanie Voegele and Oceane Dodin. 

Sabalenka and Krejikova traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the opening set. Sabalenka sealed the first set 7-5. Sabalenka earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Kreijikova broke back in the third game. The Czech player sealed the second set with a break at love in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the third set. Both players saved a break point in the first seven games. Krejikova came back from 0-40 down in the eighth game but Sabalenka converted her fourth break point at deuce to win the third set 6-3 on her first match point. 

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