Despite a tough knee injury and only one final on her tally, Elina Svitolina managed to finish the season in the top-6 for the third straight time. The Ukrainian embraced mixed fortune in 2019, failing to win the WTA title for the first time since 2013 but advancing into the semi-final at back-to-back Majors at Wimbledon and the US Open, something she never did before.
Elina played well at the Australian Open, Doha, Dubai and Indian Wells before experiencing that knee injury, struggling in the next six tournaments before that semi-final run at Wimbledon, her best in a career at Majors. With no form ahead of the US Open, Svitolina reached the last four in New York as well, becoming a serious contender for one of the most significant titles in tennis and setting eyes on Major success in 2020.
The Ukrainian will work with Andrew Bettles and Marcos Baghdatis in the season ahead of us, adding the Cypriot to her staff and hoping to take only the positive notes from the previous year that had many ups and downs. Elina will kick off the new season in Brisbane against Danielle Collins.
"Making semi-finals at Majors brought me the belief that I could take one step further," Svitolina said. "I had the chance to play on the biggest stages and that gave me a lot of confidence at that particular point.
2019 was tough because there were more sad moments; also, it's hard to understand what's going on because the year is very long. You have to lose almost every single week, so you have to take positive vibes somehow and stay confident; that's what I learned in 2019, you always have to move forward no matter how tough the situation is.
As an ex-player, Baghdatis sees the game from his point and it's something different that I was looking for to add to my game. I have improved massively with Andrew Bettles in the last couple of years; he knows me very well. Still, I need to add extra things that can raise my game to another level, that's what I'm looking for."