Monfils liked Ukrainian food but I did not cook for him, says Svitolina

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Monfils liked Ukrainian food but I did not cook for him, says Svitolina

Elina Svitolina visited her country, Ukraine, with her boyfriend Gael Monfils some months ago. Svitolina spoke about how it felt like: "He really liked us. And especially the cook. He tried the Ukrainian borscht here. I do not cook it for him."

On the criticism she got for playing the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Svitolina added: "When I come there, I represent Ukraine. If I win the tournament or I just play there, in every match I play for Ukraine. I defend Ukraine by doing what I do best: playing tennis.

I do not think I have to say something else. We always support our country. I had many offers from many countries but I rejected them." Svitolina finally reassessed her season and spoke about her mindset heading into 2020: "There were many tournaments this year where I played the semifinals.

Unfortunately, I only played the final once, in Shenzhen, where I lost. The biggest semifinals were in Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon and US Open. I slowly made steps forward towards the main goal with excellent motivation.

Next year I have chances to be the world No. 1. I already spent a lot of time on tour and I gained experience. Now everything depends on my game plan for every match. It's also very important to be fit, be ready to fight for every match although we have a very long season. I have big goals, including winning a Grand Slam. But now I just want to stay healthy."