12 Sep 1994
Elina Svitolina played the first ITF Circuit events of career in 2008 and made WTA main draw debut at 2012 Baku, where she won the title the next two years. She posted her breakthrough first top 50 season in 2013 and was ranked 29th in 2014. In 2015 the Ukrainian won one WTA title in Marrakech (d. Babos in final), reached the first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros (l. to Ivanovic), her joint best-result in a major, and was ranked 19th, for the first time in the top 20, at the end of the season.
Svitolina posted the second Top 20 season in 2016, at No.14 as she reached the first semifinal at Premier Mandatory level at Beijing, clinched the fourth WTA singles title at Kuala Lumpur (d. Bouchard in F) and advanced to finals at New Haven (l. A.Radwanska) and Zhuhai (l. Kvitova). At Rio Olympics she also beat Serena Williams to become the first Ukrainian woman ever to defeat the top‐ranked player.
In 2017 she won the most singles titles with five to her name - Taipei City (d. Peng in F), Dubai (d. Wozniacki in F), Istanbul (d. Mertens in F), Rome (d. Halep in F) and Toronto (d. Wozniacki in F). She owned longest unbeaten streak of the year, at 15 matches, and became the first player to win three Premier 5 titles in a single season (Dubai, Rome, Toronto), since such tournaments were introduced in 2009. One of four players to make Top 10 debut in 2017, Svitolina played the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of career at Roland Garros. Svitolina completed her breakthrough season making her debut appearance at WTA Finals: she was the first Ukrainian woman to qualify for the season-ending tournament in singles.
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