Elina Mykhaylivna Svitolina is a professional tennis player from Ukraine. Born on September 12, 1994 in Odessa, Ukraine, Svitolina’s parents are also competitive athletes, with her father being a former wrestler and her mom was a former competitive rower.
Svitolina started playing tennis when her older brother Yulian started to play the sport. She was 5 years old. Although Svitolina officially resides in Kharkiv, her trainings are held abroad, which is why her presence is limited in Kharkiv and Odessa.
During her junior career, Svitolina’s greatest achievement was when she won the 2010 French Open girls event by defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. Svitolina, however, started playing in the ITF Circuit since 2008. Through the years, she continued to improve and finally, by 2013, she was able to make her breakthrough and land her first Top 50 season.
Her constant rise through the ranks found her at the Top 30 by 2014, when she was able to win more victories and performed well at the Grand Slam tournaments. In 2017, Svitolina was able to make her first Top 10 season, where she finished at No. 6. During the said year, she won additional WTA titles and reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros.
Although she has not won Grand Slam tournaments, she has made it as far as the quarterfinals of the French Open and recently at the 2018 Australian Open. The highest ranking that Svitolina has attained was at No. 3, which she reached on September 2017.
In 2018, she won the biggest title of her career when she beat Sloane Stephens and bagged the WTA Finals championship. She ended 2018 with a number 4-rank. In the following year, her performance was slightly dampened with her neck and shoulder injury. Svitlona is currently ranked number 7 as of April 1, 2019.
Achievements:• 342–175 (66.15%) career record – singles• 13 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 6 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 47–62 (43.12%) career record - doubles• 2 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• 2 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles