In an interview Elina Svitolina recalled her 2018 WTA Finals win. The Ukrainian, who will try to retain her title in the upcoming days in Shenzhen, said: "The final with Sloane Stephens became one of the most important matches in my career.
I would have liked to start that match better. Stephens delivered an amazing tennis, I tried to come back in the match. In the end, I was rewarded for it. It was one of the best moments in my career and I am still emotional when I re-watch the match.
That's a special moment for me and my team. It will stay in my heart forever, in my memory." Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Ricardas Berankis in three sets to reach the Basel quarter-finals. The Greek said: "I think in the first set I kind of lost the momentum and the tempo in the tie-break.
I didn’t feel very comfortable. Perhaps my return was something that kept me doubting and not really playing with psychological strength. I did manage to stay calm and I think the second set was perfect. I did manage to break him twice.
This gave me extra confidence on pursuing something similar in the next couple of games. I got the early break and managed to hold my serve in the entire rest of the set. I’ve been experimenting the past couple of days with a few things in my game, so I knew there might be some downs during the match.
I did stay calm, because I knew I was playing my game, but I was trying a few things that I haven’t tried in the past. That paid off at the end. I was risking a bit more, I was going for more. I was making more mistakes than usual, but I think going for a bit more and trying to show him that, 'I’m here, I’m going to come to the net, I’m going to be more aggressive', it was crucial."