The strongest tennis player of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina lost in the first round of a major tournament in Beijing Premier Mandatory.
Protection points for last year’s semi-final, Svitolina began the match with 63-th racket of the world from Serbia Aleksandra Krunic. In personal meetings the Ukrainian was leading 2:0 and was considered the undisputed favorite of the match.
The first set was dictated Svitolina – Elina made three breaks, but on his serve he played four break points and finished the party with the score 6:0.
During the second set, Svitolina was leading 4:1, but managed to miserably fail not only ending the party and beginning of the next. Krunic managed to win seven games in a row and led to a break in the deciding set.
Svitolina with the score 0:2 was able to get back in the game. Elina has twice returned his serve but in the tie-break in the decisive moment are unable to hold the point at the reception and brought his streak to three matches.
The failure in Beijing can have a serious impact on the chances Elina Svitolina in the fight for a place in the Final tournament. Now Ukrainian in the title race WTA is the sixth, ninth, ahead of Kiki Bertens only 250 points.
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 6) – Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 6:0, 4:6, 6:7
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