Elina Svitolina played the worst season of her career. At least this is what emerges if we compare her 2019 with the previous five seasons. From 2013 Svitolina won at least one title for each season. This year she didn't even win a title, although she often achieved important placings like quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Only between 2017 and 2018, she won nine titles of her 13 career wins. Yet there are some clarifications to make about her season. Let's start from the end. Contrary to expectations she was able to defend the final at the WTA Finals, losing to Ashleigh Barty.
Svitolina also reached the semi-finals in some major tournaments, such as Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells, as well as many quarter-finals. But above all, for the first time in her career, she reached the semi-finals in a Slam tournament.
And this happened twice in a row: At Wimbledon, where she lost against the eventual champions Simona Halep and the US Open, where she was defeated by Serena Williams. The most disappointing part of her season came in her beloved clay-swing.
On her favorite surface, Svitolina probably played the worst part of her 2019. Also conditioned by physical problems she played on clay-courts only three tournaments: Madrid, Rome and the French Open. Her best result was the third round in Paris, where she lost against Garbine Muguruza.
In general, apart from the bad clay-season, Svitolina played a very regular season, where she reached many good placings. Her problem was not to win even a title, worsening the performance and statistics of recent years. This year she also began a relationship with Frenchman Gael Monfils.
The beneficial effects of this love story have in part been seen but, perhaps, they will be seen better in 2020. For now, this was a passing season. Better start thinking about next year.