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Elina Svitolina Finds Her Footing And Slams Critics Of Her Dress At Wimbledon

The world no.8 was in fighting spirit both on and off of the court at The All England Club on Monday.



WIMBLEDON: Eighth seed Elina Svitolina was always expected to win her opening match at Wimbledon, but her relief is more that one would expect from a top 10 player.


Taking to Court 18 at 11am on the opening day of the grand slam, the Ukranian rallied to a 7-5, 6-0, victory over Daria Gavrilova. Producing an emphatic performance with the help of 16 winners and winning 66% of the points behind her serve. Svitolina’s sole wobble occurred during the opening set, when she failed to serve out the set at 5-3, before regaining her momentum.

Coming into this year’s tournament, the grass hasn’t been Svitolina’s friend. Back-to-back first round losses in Birmingham and Eastbourne was the latest setback during what has been a roller coaster season. Since the Miami Open, Svitolina has lost her opening match in five out of seven tournaments played.

“Everyone is fit. Everyone now these days has a fitness coach, has a mental coach, is, like, 20 coaches. That’s why everyone is extremely ready to beat you when you step on the court.” Svitolina explained following her win over Gavrilova.
“That’s extremely tough. You have to be ready for that, for whatever comes.”

In terms of wins, Wimbledon is Svitolina’s worst-performing grand slam by a considerable margin. Monday’s triumph was her sixth at the tournament. 2017 is currently the only year where she has managed to win two or more matches in a row.

“Last year it was not so good but the year before it was a great run for me.” She commented about her record at the grand slam.
“I think I can play well on grass. I just need to be really focused on what I have to do on the court. That’s very important for me just to take one match at a time, to not think too much of what’s going on.”

In the second round, the 24-year-old will lock horns with Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan, who defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-4, 6-4. Recording her first ever main draw win at Wimbledon. Gasparyan defeated Svitolina last month on the grass in Birmingham.

“I’m a little bit more prepared now. I’m feeling better.” Svitolina commented about her next match.
“I have recovered better from my injury, so I feel physically better. Gonna see on the day how I’m going to feel, but I will for sure try something a little bit different and on the return, on my serve, as well. So that’s the plan so far.”
“I will speak with my coach and probably he’s gonna watch back what I did wrong. It was quite a close match. It was only I think one break in the end, and I made some stupid decisions.”

The Dress

Shortly after her win, Svitolina took to social media to hit back at a comment made about the outfit she was wearing. An all-white dress that Nike describes as ‘bringing the sophisticated look of lace to the court.’ Although the £80 outfit hasn’t been a hit with everybody with some describing it as ‘basic.’

“I think it was not fair. It’s not fair for designers, because they put so much work into our kit.” She said.
“They put so much effort into it. And then to say something that it was, that there was no effort. I think it was not fair for them.”

Svitolina traveled to headquarters in Oregon last year. Praising the work involved before comparing the profession with the world of tennis.

“I actually went to the headquarters where I saw all the guys working behind the scenes. It’s the same for a tournament. We go to play the tournament, and we just play and we think it’s just everyday thing that happens. But it’s so much work that put into the tournament and everything going around us, so we have to appreciate this.”


Svitolina will play her second round match on Wednesday.


Petra Kvitova edges Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to secure her spot in Doha quarter finals



Petra Kvitova edged past Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 4-6 6-1 in two hours on a windy day in the Qatar Total Open in Doha. The Czech player advanced to the quarter finals for the fifth time in her six appearances at the Doha tournament.


Kvitova and Ostapenko were level at 3-3 in their six head-to-head matches. Ostapenko beat her Czech rival in their most recent clash in Miami 2018.

Ostapenko earned a break point after two double faults at the start of the opening set and converted her chance as Kvitova silced wide.

Kvitova broke back in the fourth game and held serve to take a 3-2 lead. The Czech player broke for the second time on the fifth deuce in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead after two double faults from Ostapenko. Kvitova won her fourth consecutive game from 2-2 with a break at love to win the first set 6-2.

Ostapenko saved three consecutive points from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game. A series of four consecutive games followed in the next games. Ostapenko broke in the ninth game for 5-4 earning a chance to serve for the set, but Kvitova broke straight back to draw level to 5-5. Ostapenko broke at love in the 11th game before closing out the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Kvitova raced out to a 4-0 lead, as she dropped four points. She saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game at deuce. The former Wimbledon champion sealed in her next service game to set up a second round match against either Karolina Pliskova or ons Jabeur.

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Dayana Yastremska upsets Sofia Kenin in Doha



Dayana Yastremska edged this year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Yastremska hit 13 aces and saved four of the six break point chances she faced.


Yastremska saved a break point with two service winners, as she was serving at 1-1. The Ukrainian player earned a break point at love in the fourth game with a return winner to take a 3-1 lead. Yastremska consolidated the break with an ace for 4-1 and wrapped up the first set with another unreturned serve at 5-3.

Kenin got an early break to open up a 3-0 lead with a service winner. Yastremska held at 15 before breaking back with a return winner. The Ukrainian teenager hit a backhand down the line winner to draw level to 3-3. Yastremska earned another break in the seventh game and won four consecutive games. Kenin broke back, as Yastremska double faulted while she was serving for the win at 5-4. Both players held serve in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break.

Yastremska earned a mini-break to take a 4-1 lead and earned four match points at 6-2. She converted her third chance to set up a third round match against 2020 Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza.

Kenin beat Anastasija Sevastova in her first match since her triumph at the Australian Open, but she lost to Jelena Ostapenko at the Fed Cup Qualifier. The US player lost to Elena Rybakina in Dubai and to Dayana Yastremska in Doha.

“It’s really frustrating. Obviously coming off of Melbourne where I felt I was playing the best tennis of my life coming down to playing, not the worst tennis, but not playing the tennis I want to be playing. Yastremska played really well. I just feel like I can’t find my game, I am not playing the way to be playing, so it’s pretty frustrating right now. Credits to her, she played well with some good shots at those moments. She just played better at important at important moments and I just made too many unforced errors”, said Kenin.

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Elena Rybakina and Belinda Bencic take hard-fought wins to reach the third round in Doha



Elena Rybakina saved a match point to beat Alison Van Uytvanck 5-7 6-2 7-6 (10-8) to secure a hard-fought 5-7 6-2 7-6 (10-8) win over Alison Van Uytvanck on his fifth match point after 2 hours and 21 minutes at the Qatar Total Open in Doha.


Both players went on serve in the first ten games with no breaks, before Van Uytvank earned her first break in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5.

Rybakina broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the second set 6-2 forcing the match to the third set. Van Uytvanck converted her third break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Rybakina broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. Rybakina earned two match points at 5-4. Van Uytvanck saved two match points on her serve in the 10th game. Rybakina did not convert a match point after a double fault. Van Uytvanck failed to convert her own match point, before Rybakina won the final three points to advance to the third round, where she will face 2019 Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty.

Barty beat Rybakina in the third round at last January’s Australian Open.

Belinda Bencic recovered from missing a match point to beat Veronika Kudemertova 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8-6) after 2 hours and 38 minutes. Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games. Bencic wrapped up the first set with a break in the 10th game.

Kudemertova earned an early break in the second set. Bencic pulled the break back on her third opportunity in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Kudemertova won the final two games with a break in the ninth game to seal the second set 6-4.

Bencic went down a break in the third game of the decider, but she broke back in the eight game to draw level to 4-4 and earned a match point in the 10th game. Kudemertova saved it and earned four break points on Bencic’s serve. Bencic saved them and forced the third set to the tie-break. Bencic won three consecutive points from 3-3 to earn three match points. The Swiss player closed it out on her third match point setting up a third round match against Yulia Putintseva.

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