Elina Svitolina claimed her first title for 2020 in Monterrey on Sunday. Svitolina, who was the top seed here this week, and her opponent, Marie Bouzkova played their hearts out in a three-hour-long battle that saw the Ukrainian win 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
This is Svitolina’s first title in over a year since her winning the 2018 WTA Finals, and 15th overall. This week, Svitolina had come into the tournament on the back of some worrisome results. After the match, the world no.
5 shared, “It feels amazing. It’s another step towards my goals, and I’m moving in the right direction. I’m happy that it’s going the right way”. The world no. 5 hit six aces and won almost 73 per cent points on her first serve.
Bouzkova hit no aces and won 60 per cent points on her first serve. While both players had their chances to break the opponent’s serve, the higher-ranked player was better in able to save these. Svitolina saved 14 of the 18 break points she faced while Bouzkova saved nine of the 14 break points she faced.
Talking about the match and giving her 21-year-old opponent the credit, she deserved, Svitolina added, “Marie was fighting great, and I think it was a very high-level match. We’ve both been playing good, we were fighting, and there were no easy games.
I think the people really pushed us to play our best, and it was amazing to get the support from the Mexican people”. Photo Credit: Twitter