Elina Svitolina should certainly walk away from Wimbledon with her head held high.
The Ukrainian was disappointed her first major semi-final ended up with just four games on the board as she fell 6-1 6-3 to Simona Halep but then again Serena Williams only picked off four games in the final.
This run from Elina to the semi-final was a surprise but one that should be celebrated and used a platform to build on.
She had a good season up until the end of Indian Wells. She lost to Andreescu in the semi-finals and injury halted her season. She missed Stuttgart as a result and following that it wasn’t great for her.
Elina had one win to her name coming into Wimbledon since the 16th of March and that was against Venus Williams at Roland Garros. She was turning up at tournaments (Rome, Madrid, Eastbourne, Birmingham) and going home without a win on the board.
I don’t feel she really gets the respect she deserves. Her first major semi-final at this time after a tough run will come as a relief to the Ukrainian following a tough period in her career but her fight, tennis and mental strength were great to see.
Elina has been around for some time and it’s easy to forget she is only 24! I first watched her against Ana Ivanovic in Paris five years back and I was impressed with her game, I still feel like there is a change needed to challenge the top players more. If anything I see a bit of Ana Ivanovic in her and she’s good at defending but she’s greater at being an aggressive baseliner.
Elina has won big titles, Dubai, Canada, Rome twice and of course the WTA Finals. She can play in big moments, let’s not forget at the WTA Finals last year she was an unbeaten champion and won four of her five matches in three sets and two of them were from a set down.
I’m excited to see what happens next for Elina. She really did step up her game and with powerful hitting. For me the issue in her game is defending that forehand corner when under pressure.
The best thing right now? Elina is playing with confidence!
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