Former Australian Open finalist joins Elina Svitolina's coaching staff

Tennis - Marcos Baghdatis will work with the Ukrainian, half a year after retiring at Wimbledon

by Jovica Ilic
Former Australian Open finalist joins Elina Svitolina's coaching staff

Despite failing to win the WTA title in 2019 (grabbed four in 2018), Elina Svitolina will finish the season inside the top-6 for the third straight year. The Ukrainian was the quarter-finalist at the Australian Open and semi-finalist in Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells before an early exit in Miami.

Dealing with a knee injury, Elina had to stay away from the court until Madrid, struggling to find form and dropping seven of the last nine matches since between Indian Wells and Eastbourne to lose ground in the rankings a little bit.

Svitolina was back at her best at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-final and having to wait until the US Open to shine again, advancing into the semis where Serena Williams halted her in straight sets. Embracing full Chinese swing, Elina failed to reach the semis in Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Beijing, saving her A-game for the WTA Finals where she was the defending champion.

After four victories, Elina was on the verge of claiming another notable title and the first in a year but Ashleigh Barty had some other plans, beating the Ukrainian in the title match to confirm her year-end no. 1 status. Elina is already working on preparations for 2020 and there is a new face in her coaching staff, with a former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis embracing the first coaching job, five months after he retired at Wimbledon.

"Starting now, Marcos will be part of my team in the role of consultant coach, alongside my current coach Andy Bettles. I'm very excited to announce this news and I'm confident his strong experience will add value to my game.

With such a great coaching team, I have set high objectives for 2020," Svitolina said. "I'm so glad to announce the next chapter of my life and look forward to coaching a great athlete and super tennis player, No.6 ranked WTA player Elina Svitolina, working alongside Andre Bettles!

I want to thank Elina for putting her trust in me. Let's do this! Bring it on 2020," said Baghdatis.

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