Elina Svitolina

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Elina Svitolina
Еліна Світоліна
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Elina Svitolina at the 2013 French Open
Country  Ukraine
Residence Kharkiv, Ukraine
Born (1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 20)
Odessa, Ukraine
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Turned pro 2010
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Coach(es) Iain Hughes
Prize money $1,346,147
Career record 160–99 (61.78%)
Career titles 3 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest ranking No. 19 (11 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 19 (11 May 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2014, 2015)
French Open 2R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 1R (2013, 2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Career record 38-39
Career titles 1 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking 108 (04 May 2015)
Current ranking 108 (04 May 2015)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (2014)
US Open 1R (2014)
Last updated on: 23 March 2015.

Elina Svitolina (Ukrainian: Еліна Михайлівна Світоліна; born September 12, 1994 in Odessa, Ukraine) is a professional Ukrainian tennis player. She is currently the Ukrainian number 1 at number 19 in the world as of 11 May 2015.

Tennis career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Svitolina's best achievement as a junior is winning the Roland Garros girls event in 2010, beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the final.[2] She reached her first professional singles final at the ITF $25,000 tournament in Kharkiv in May 2010.[3] Svitolina also reached the final of the girl's singles event at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships where she lost to future Top 10 player 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 of Serbia. She won the WTA 125K 2012 Royal Indian Open title in Pune, defeating Andreja Klepač, Rutuja Bhosale, Luksika Kumkhum, former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic, and Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final.


Svitolina gained direct entry into the 2013 Australian Open, where she was defeated by fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the first round. She won her first WTA title in at the July 2013 Baku Cup, beating Shahar Pe'er; in doing so Svitolina became the first teenager (she was 18 years old at the time) to win a WTA tournament since February 2012.[4] 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.[5]


At the 2014 Australian Open, Svitolina defeated two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round in straight sets.[6] She went on to reach the third round, losing to Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

At the Western & Southern Open later in the year, Svitolina recorded the first top ten victory of her career, defeating recently crowned Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová in the second round.[7] She proceeded to reach her first quarter-final at Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 level, eventually losing to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.[8]

Svitolina reached her first Premier 5 semifinal in the first edition of the WTA tournament in Wuhan, defeating Camila Giorgi, Sabine Lisicki, Garbiñe Muguruza via walkover, and Angelique Kerber before losing to Petra Kvitová in the semifinals.


Svitolina began her 2015 season at the 2015 Brisbane International where she reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. At the Australian Open, Svitolina reached the third round, and won the first set against world number one and eventual champion Serena Williams before losing in three sets.[9] She fell in the second round in both Dubai and Doha, losing in tight three set matches to Petra Kvitová and Victoria Azarenka respectively.

As the 23rd seed in Indian Wells, she defeated Alison Van Uytvanck and 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.

As the top seed at a tournament for the first time in Bogotá, Svitolina reached the semifinals, defeating Louisa Chirico, Danka Kovinić and 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 5-2 down in the opening set to defeat Tímea Babos in straight sets. The victory propelled her to a career high ranking of 21. Svitolina also reached the semifinals in doubles with compatriot Olga Savchuk.

The following week in Madrid, after easily despatching Daniela Hantuchová, Svitolina lost to Ana Ivanovic for the sixth time in her career. A similar scenario occurred in Rome, where she defeated Flavia Pennetta in straight sets before losing to Venus Williams.


Svitolina is currently being coached by Iain Hughes.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Elina Svitolina was born to Elena Svitolina and Mikhaylo Svitolin and has a brother named Julian.[10] She resides at Kharkiv, Ukraine.[10] Her favourite surfaces are grass and clay.[10]


Svitolina uses Wilson rackets.

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (3 titles)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (3–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 28, 2013 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. July 27, 2014 Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan Hard Serbia Bojana Jovanovski 6–1, 7–6(7–2)
Winner 3. May 2, 2015 Marrakech Grand Prix, Marrakesh, Morocco Clay Hungary Tímea Babos 7–5, 7–6(7–3)

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (1–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 20 July 2014 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Hard Japan Misaki Doi Georgia (country) Oksana Kalashnikova
Poland Paula Kania
6–4, 6–0

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

ITF Circuit singles finals: 8 (6–2)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner–up 1. May 17, 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok 2–6, 6–4, 1–6
Winner 1. August 16, 2011 Istanbul, Turkey Hard Slovenia Anja Prislan 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–0
Winner 2. October 17, 2011 Lagos, Nigeria Hard Croatia Donna Vekić 6–4, 6–3
Runner–up 2. December 26, 2011 Tyumen, Russia Hard Russia Yulia Putintseva 2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. March 19, 2012 La Marsa, Tunisia Clay Bulgaria Isabella Shinikova 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5)
Winner 4. September 24, 2012 Telavi, Georgia Clay Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko 6–1, 6–2
Winner 5. February 3, 2013 Eilat, Israel Hard Russia Marta Sirotkina 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
Winner 6. August 3, 2013 Donetsk, Ukraine Hard Hungary Tímea Babos 3–6, 6–2, 7–6(11–9)

ITF Circuit doubles finals: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Challenger (125's) tournaments
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. May 25, 2009 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova Ukraine Kateryna Avdiyenko
Russia Maria Zharkova
7–6(7–3), 3–6, [9–11]
Runner–up 2. May 3, 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova Ukraine Lyudmyla Kichenok
Ukraine Nadiya Kichenok
4–6, 2–6
Winner 1. July 19, 2010 Kharkiv, Ukraine Clay Ukraine Kateryna Kozlova Ukraine Valentyna Ivakhnenko
Ukraine Alyona Sotnikova
6–3, 7–5
Runner–up 3. April 18, 2011 Tessenderlo, Belgium Clay Ukraine Maryna Zanevska Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Germany Tatjana Malek
5–7, 3–6
Winner 2. January 28, 2013 Eilat. Israel Hard Russia Alla Kudryavtseva Italy Corinna Dentoni
Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich
6–1, 6–3

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Junior Grand Slam singles finals: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2010 French Open Clay Tunisia Ons Jabeur 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Championships Grass Canada Eugenie Bouchard 2–6, 2–6

Junior Grand Slam doubles finals: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner–up 2010 Wimbledon Championships Grass Russia Irina Khromacheva Hungary Tímea Babos
United States Sloane Stephens
7–6(9–7), 2–6, 2–6

Women's singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 3R 3R 2–2
French Open 2R 2R 2–2
Wimbledon 1R 1R 0–2
US Open 1R 2R 1R 1–3
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 3–4 5–9

Women's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R 0–1
French Open 0–0
Wimbledon 0–0
US Open 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–2

Top 10 wins per season[edit]

Wins over Top 10's per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Round Score
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 3 Cincinnati, US Hard 3rd Round 6–2,7-6(2)
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 8 Wuhan, China Hard Quarterfinals 6–4, 7-6(3)
3. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 9 Brisbane, Australia Hard Quarterfinals 4-6, 7-5, 6-3


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