Interviewed by Shark FM, Elina Svitolina revealed that the most unforgettable match that she ever played was against Serena Williams at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Ukrainian defeated the American in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, in the third round of the tournament.
'I went through unbelievable emotions. In general, it's very difficult to pick a match, also in Singapore all the matches had a gold weight,' said Svitolina, who played 59 matches this year winning 44 of them.
She won titles in Brisbane, Dubai, Rome and WTA Finals. Asked if she preferred to win a Grand Slam title or be the world no. 1, Svitolina replied: 'That's a difficult question. Probably a Grand Slam. If you win this kind of tournaments, at 99% you will be at the top of the rankings.' Asked how she deals with criticism from fans, Svitolina replied: 'It often happens.
I am a famous person, so it's normal. Some fans really want me to win but unfortunately I cannot win all the matches during the year. There are people who do not know what kind of work I do off court, but they just focus on my photos on social media.
It does not bother me, instead I enjoy it. It's very strange when people tell that I am not training enough, because they do not see it. I would like to tell them to keep supporting me,' said Svitolina, who achieved her best Grand Slam results at the French Open and Australian Open by reaching the quarter-finals.