122 Facts About Elina Svitolina


Elina Mykhailivna Svitolina is a Ukrainian professional tennis player.


Elina Svitolina reached career-high rankings of world No 3 in singles and 108 in doubles.


Elina Svitolina first broke into the world's top 50 in July 2013, reached the top 20 in June 2015, and then the top 10 in May 2017, making her the first Ukrainian woman to reach the top 10 in rankings after surpassing compatriot Alona Bondarenko.


Elina Svitolina has won two titles in doubles, both at the Istanbul Cup in 2014 and 2015.


Elina Svitolina produced her best performances at a major in 2019, having reached her two Grand Slam semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open.


In 2021, Elina Svitolina won the Olympic bronze medal in the women's singles tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics and became the first Olympian to win a medal in tennis for Ukraine.


Elina Svitolina was born in Odesa to Ukrainian parents Mikhaylo Svitolin and Olena Elina Svitolina.


Elina Svitolina has said that in her early career she turned down offers to change her citizenship in exchange for "large financial sums".


Elina Svitolina has been actively learning the Ukrainian language since the COVID-19 quarantine at the 2021 Australian Open.


Elina Svitolina reached her first professional singles final at the $25k tournament in Kharkiv in May 2010.


Elina Svitolina reached the final of the girls' singles event at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where she lost to Eugenie Bouchard.


Elina Svitolina was defeated in the first round by 12th seed and eventual quarterfinalist Ana Ivanovic.


Elina Svitolina won the WTA 125 Royal Indian Open title in Pune, defeating Andreja Klepac, Rutuja Bhosale, Luksika Kumkhum, former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic, and Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final.


Elina Svitolina gained direct entry into the Australian Open, where she was defeated by fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the first round.


Elina Svitolina won her first WTA title at the Baku Cup by beating Shahar Pe'er; in doing so, Svitolina became the first teenager to win a WTA tournament since February 2012.


At the Australian Open, Elina Svitolina defeated two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open quarterfinalist Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina went on to reach the third round, losing to Sloane Stephens in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina proceeded to reach her first quarterfinal at Premier-5 level, eventually losing to Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.


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


Elina Svitolina began the new season at the Brisbane International where she reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.


At the Australian Open, Elina Svitolina reached the third round, and won the first set against world No 1 and eventual champion, Serena Williams, before losing in three sets.


Elina Svitolina fell in the second round in both Dubai and Doha, losing in tight three-set matches to Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka, respectively.


Elina Svitolina reached the semifinals in doubles with compatriot Olga Savchuk.


Elina Svitolina rose to No 17 after this tournament, surpassing Alona Bondarenko as the highest-ranked Ukrainian woman in the Open Era, including women from Ukraine who played under the Soviet Union.


Elina Svitolina began US hardcourt season with a run to the semifinals in Stanford, losing in straight sets to eventual champion Angelique Kerber.


At the Rogers Cup, Elina Svitolina lost in the first round to Victoria Azarenka.


Elina Svitolina bettered her performance from the previous year in Cincinnati, defeating Alison Riske, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Garcia to reach the quarterfinals, before defeating Lucie Safarova for the second time this year to progress to her second Premier-5 semifinal, where she lost to Serena Williams.


Elina Svitolina concluded her warm up for the US Open in New Haven, where she retired from her first-round match against Madison Keys.


Elina Svitolina progressed to the third round of the US Open, defeating Elizaveta Kulichkova and Kaia Kanepi, before losing to 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova for the third time this year.


Elina Svitolina failed to repeat her success from the previous year in Wuhan, losing in the third round to Karolina Pliskova.


Similarly disappointing results ensued for Elina Svitolina, losing in the second round of Beijing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and the first round of Tianjin to Elena Vesnina.


Elina Svitolina was drawn into Group B with second seed Carla Suarez Navarro and Andrea Petkovic.


Elina Svitolina topped the group by winning both her matches, advancing to the semifinals where she lost to Karolina Pliskova.


Elina Svitolina began her season at the Hopman Cup, representing Ukraine with Alexandr Dolgopolov.


Elina Svitolina was undefeated in her singles matches in the round-robin stage, defeating Victoria Duval, Karolina Pliskova, and Jarmila Wolfe.


At the Sydney International, Elina Svitolina lost in the first round to Angelique Kerber.


Elina Svitolina subsequently lost in the first round in Doha to Denisa Allertova.


At the Indian Wells Open, 17th-seed Elina Svitolina defeated Annika Beck, before losing in straight sets to ninth-seed Roberta Vinci.


Elina Svitolina subsequently lost in the fourth round to Ekaterina Makarova, who beat her at the same tournament the prior year.


Elina Svitolina began her clay-court season with a disappointing first-round loss to Alexandra Panova in Bogota, followed by a second-round loss to Daria Gavrilova in Madrid, and a first-round loss to qualifier Monica Puig in Rome.


Elina Svitolina then lost in the fourth round to world No 1, defending champion, and eventual finalist Serena Williams.


At the Rio Olympics, Elina Svitolina scored her first win over defending champion and then-world No 1, Serena Williams, in the third round to reach the quarterfinals, defeating the out-of-sorts American in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina failed to follow up her landmark victory in the next round losing to eventual bronze medalist Petra Kvitova.


At the US Open, Elina Svitolina reached the third round for the second consecutive year with wins over Mandy Minella and Lauren Davis, but she lost to Petra Kvitova .


The Asian swing proved to be fruitful for Elina Svitolina, reaching the semifinals of both Tokyo, where she was defeated by Naomi Osaka, and Beijing, her first semifinal at Premier-Mandatory level, losing to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwanska.


Elina Svitolina concluded her season as the fourth seed in Zhuhai.


Elina Svitolina topped her group by defeating Kiki Bertens and Elena Vesnina, and then came from a set down to defeat top seed Johanna Konta in the semifinals to advance to her third final of the year, where she lost to Kvitova.


Elina Svitolina began her 2017 season with a strong showing in Brisbane, defeating world No 1, Angelique Kerber, in the quarterfinals, before losing to eventual champion Karolina Pliskova in the following round.


Elina Svitolina was seeded 11th at the Australian Open, her highest seeding to date.


Elina Svitolina equalled her best showing in Melbourne, reaching the third round with victories over Galina Voskoboeva and Julia Boserup, before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


Elina Svitolina won her fifth career title at the Taiwan Open, fending off four match points in her quarterfinal encounter with Ons Jabeur, before defeating Peng Shuai in the final.


Elina Svitolina next competed in Ukraine's Fed Cup tie against Australia, where she won both of her singles rubbers to help Ukraine set up a play-off against Germany.


Elina Svitolina continued her strong start to the season in Dubai, where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the final to capture her first title at Premier 5-level.


Elina Svitolina failed to carry her momentum into the American hard-court swing, losing in the fourth round of Indian Wells to Garbine Muguruza, and the second round of Miami to Bethanie Mattek-Sands.


Elina Svitolina began the clay-court season by capturing her third title of the year in Istanbul.


Elina Svitolina then started her campaign at the French Open as one of the favourites to win the tournament.


Elina Svitolina progressed through her first three matches with relative ease, defeating Yaroslava Shvedova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Magda Linette respectively.


Elina Svitolina then overcame qualifier Petra Martic in a tight three set encounter to advance to her second major quarterfinal.


Elina Svitolina faced Simona Halep in a rematch of the Italian Open final.


Elina Svitolina then eased past Francesca Schiavone and Carina Witthoft, before bowing out to 13th seed and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina entered the US Open knowing that a run to the semifinals would see her claim the world-number-one ranking for the first time.


Elina Svitolina overcame Katerina Siniakova in a rain-interrupted three-set encounter, before easing past Evgeniya Rodina and Shelby Rogers to reach the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.


Elina Svitolina was then defeated by eventual runner-up Madison Keys in three sets.


Elina Svitolina was drawn into the Red Group at the WTA Finals, alongside Halep, Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia.


Elina Svitolina began her 2018 season by capturing the Brisbane International title, defeating qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the final.


Elina Svitolina then competed at the Australian Open as the fourth seed.


Elina Svitolina faced qualifier Ivana Jorovic and won in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina then had two straight-sets wins over qualifier and compatriot Marta Kostyuk and Denisa Allertova to advance to her first Australian Open quarterfinal where she was upset by Elise Mertens in straight sets.


At the French Open, Elina Svitolina posted wins against Ajla Tomljanovic and Viktoria Kuzmova, before being upset in the third round by Mihaela Buzarnescu.


Elina Svitolina began her grass-court season with a run to the quarterfinals of Birmingham, losing again to Buzarnescu.


Elina Svitolina was then upset in the first round of Wimbledon by recent Mallorca champion Tatjana Maria.


Elina Svitolina enjoyed moderate success during the US Open Series, reaching the semifinals in Montreal, where she was the defending champion, and the quarterfinals of Cincinnati, losing there to eventual champion Kiki Bertens.


Elina Svitolina reached the round of 16 at the US Open for the second straight year, losing to Anastasija Sevastova in three sets.


Elina Svitolina won all three of her round-robin matches, first snapping a seven-match losing streak against Kvitova, defeating her in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina then defeated both Pliskova and Wozniacki in three sets to secure her place in the semifinals alongside Pliskova.


Elina Svitolina defeated Kiki Bertens in three sets, and in the final, she came from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens, winning the biggest title of her career.


Elina Svitolina opened the season with an unsuccessful title defense in Brisbane; she lost her first match to the previous year's finalist, Aliaksandra Sasnovich.


Elina Svitolina was afflicted by a neck and shoulder injury and was defeated by fourth seed and eventual champion Naomi Osaka in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina then reached back-to-back semifinals in Doha, losing with the lead in the final set against Simona Halep, and Dubai, where she was the two-time defending champion, losing in a third-set tiebreak to eventual champion Belinda Bencic.


Elina Svitolina reached her third consecutive semifinal of the year at Indian Wells.


Elina Svitolina later revealed that she had been struggling with knee pain for several weeks and announced she would take a short break to recover.


At the French Open, Elina Svitolina was defeated in the third round by the 2016 champion, Garbine Muguruza.


Elina Svitolina was then defeated in straight sets by Serena Williams.


Elina Svitolina subsequently returned to her career-high ranking position of No 3.


Elina Svitolina reached three consecutive quarterfinals in the season-closing Asian swing, losing to Kristina Mladenovic in Zhengzhou, eventual runner-up Alison Riske in Wuhan, and Kiki Bertens in Beijing.


Elina Svitolina was drawn into the Purple Group alongside Karolina Pliskova, US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, who was later replaced by Sofia Kenin, and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.


Elina Svitolina topped her group, winning all three matches without dropping a set.


Elina Svitolina failed to defend her title losing in straight sets to Ashleigh Barty.


At her first tournament of the year in Brisbane, Elina Svitolina lost in the first round to Danielle Collins in straight sets.


At the Australian Open, Elina Svitolina defeated Katie Boulter and Lauren Davis, before falling to eventual runner-up Garbine Muguruza.


Elina Svitolina's slow start to the season continued, being upset in the quarterfinals of Hua Hin by Nao Hibino, and in the first round of both Dubai by Jennifer Brady, and Doha by Amanda Anisimova.


Elina Svitolina rebounded at the Monterrey Open, where she easily reached the final without dropping a set.


Elina Svitolina then defeated Marie Bouzkova in the final in three sets, capturing her 14th singles title, and her first since her WTA Finals win over 16 months ago.


Elina Svitolina next participated at Strasbourg, where she defeated Magda Linette, Jil Teichmann, and Aryna Sabalenka to reach the final.


At the French Open, where she was the third seed, Elina Svitolina defeated Varvara Gracheva, Renata Zarazua, Ekaterina Alexandrova, and Caroline Garcia to reach the quarterfinals.


Elina Svitolina ended her season at Ostrava, and ended the year ranked No 5.


Elina Svitolina first entered the Qatar Open as the top seed but was defeated by an injured Victoria Azarenka in her second match of the tournament.


Elina Svitolina was defeated by eventual champion, Ash Barty, in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina kicked off the year's Europe clay swing at the Stuttgart Open with a strong performance after making it to the semifinals following a grueling three-set win over defending champion, Petra Kvitova, in the quarterfinals.


Elina Svitolina experienced much less success at the Madrid Open after being upset in the first round by Jil Teichmann, but she shrugged the loss off quickly as she made it into the quarterfinals of the Italian Open the following week.


The swing ended at the French Open, where fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina lost in the third round to eventual champion, Barbora Krejcikova, in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina's woes followed her to the Eastbourne International the following week, where she was defeated in the second round by unseeded Elena Rybakina, in straight sets.


Elina Svitolina's elimination marked the biggest upset of the year's tournament at the time.


At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Elina Svitolina embarked on her second Olympics appearance and entered into the singles tennis tournament as the fourth seed.


At the Canadian Open, third-seeded Elina Svitolina was defeated in her first match by Johanna Konta in a three-set loss, despite having won the first set.


In New York, at the year's US Open, fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina began her campaign with straight-set wins over Rebecca Marino and Rebeka Masarova in the first and second round, respectively.


Elina Svitolina followed those victories with two additional straight-set wins over 25th seed Daria Kasatkina and 12th seed Simona Halep to reach her second US Open quarterfinal.


Elina Svitolina ultimately became the third of four seeded players that Fernandez defeated while on her winning streak to reach her first Grand Slam final.


Elina Svitolina's disappointing beginning to her season consisted of back-to-back losses at the Adelaide International 1 and 2.


Elina Svitolina then jumpstarted her first major campaign of the year as the 15th seed at the Australian Open with two consecutive wins over Fiona Ferro and Harmony Tan before she quickly succumbed to Victoria Azarenka after winning just two games in their third-round encounter.


On 31 March 2022, Elina Svitolina announced that she was taking a temporary break from competition, citing health problems, including back pain, and emotional exhaustion from the war in Ukraine.


The Guardian described Elina Svitolina's playing style as "deceptively casual", but being capable of "brilliant displays" when in good form.


Elina Svitolina is capable of turning defense into offense when given the chance, and is capable of hitting low-risk winners from defensive positions.


Elina Svitolina's groundstrokes are very consistent and are hit with moderate power, although she is capable of hitting groundstrokes with significant power when the opportunity arises.


Elina Svitolina's backhand is her stronger side, especially down the line and on the run, although both her forehand and her backhand penetrate deep into the court.


Elina Svitolina's second serve is particularly weak and often exploited allowing return winners.


Elina Svitolina has been known to struggle with volleying at the net, but she possesses good reactions, and she can accelerate well across the court to deal with short balls.


Elina Svitolina was coached by Sebastien Mathieu in 2013 and 2014.


Elina Svitolina then worked with Iain Hughes for two and a half years, and chose to split from him in November 2016.


In late 2016, Elina Svitolina announced that Gabriel Urpi would be her new coach, with Thierry Ascione replacing Henin as her new coaching consultant.


Elina Svitolina has been endorsed by Nike for clothing and shoes since 2016, having previously been sponsored by Ellesse and Lacoste.


Elina Svitolina uses Wilson racquets, specifically endorsing the Wilson Blade range of racquets.