Ukraine's Elina Svitolina says she likes to start the new season in Brisbane because of the amazing fans and also the excellent results she has achieved over time there. According to GoTennis, Svitolina says, “I like to start the season in Brisbane.
There are amazing fans here, and I have achieved excellent results here in the past. And also in this competition, there is a wonderful stadium and a strong list of participants, so I need to immediately show my best game. But this way I can understand how ready I am for the Australian Open."
Svitolina also spoke about the challenge of playing World No. 1 Ash Barty, of Australia. The two have met six times in their careers - with Barty holding a 4-2 lead in their head to head - Barty also won both of their matches in 2019 - including the finals of the WTA Finals in November and they are both entered in Brisbane as well.
"Barty and I met several times, the last time, she won the match. She has had an incredible season. The main achievement was the victory at Roland Garros. Playing here is always difficult. Now many tennis players play at a high level.
Ashley is definitely one of them. Playing against top athletes is always difficult because they are very consistent. You need to show the best that you are capable of, and be able to adapt." The 25-year-old Ukrainian is ranked No.
6 in the world. She is one of six Top 10 players entered in Brisbane, including top-ranked Barty, No. 2 ranked Karolina Pliskova, No. 3 ranked Naomi Osaka, No. 7 ranked Petra Kvitova and No. 9 ranked Kiki Bertens.