Elina Svitolina hopeful of making late Slam breakthrough like Halep & Wozniacki

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Elina Svitolina hopeful of making late Slam breakthrough like Halep & Wozniacki

World No. 5 Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, says she will continue to work hard to prepare herself for the opportunity to win a Grand Slam in the future, adding that she is taking inspiration from the likes of Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, who took some time to win their first Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title at the age of 27 while Halep won her first major at the age of 26.

25 year old Elina Svitolina says she hopes to win a Grand Slam in the future

Speaking to the Ukrainian website BTU, Svitolina says, “In recent years, we see that tennis players had different paths to victory.

Someone won right away as soon as they announced themselves on the tour. Others patiently gained experience to finally win the major, for example, such as Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki. Different paths are also due to different styles of play.

It gives me hope and energy to work hard so that one day I can take this chance. The key point for me is to keep my best level for two weeks. This requires a lot of effort, both psychological and physical. Everything should work at the same time.

And you need to add a little luck”. Svitolina is playing an exhibition tournament in Berlin this week and will play Petra Kvitova in the final. Svitolina defeated Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, 7-6(2), 6-3, while Kvitova defeated No.2 seed Kiki Bertens, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

According to the WTA site, Svotolina said she was happy to be back on court and playing on grass. "For what was kind of my first match, it took a little bit of time for me to get into the fighting spirit, and Anastasija is a great fighter.

In the end, it was a good match. This year, we missed the grass court season, but I'm just happy to be here and to come back and play on the grass." Elina Svitolina has a career-high ranking of world No. 3 and has won 14 WTA singles titles, including the 2018 WTA Finals.

She reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships and followed it up with a second consecutive semifinal at the 2019 US Open. She has also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and French Open twice each so far.