The strongest tennis player of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina became a champion clay tournament of series WTA Intarnational in Istanbul.
For the victory in Istambul Cup Svitolina competed with the 65-th racket of the world Belgian Elise Mertens, which is to match with the Ukrainian came up with a series of six successive victories, including two successful matches in the fed Cup match against Russia.
Svitolina in the same breath had their debut games – Ukrainian aggressively attacked and practically not wrong. Initial spurt brought Elina the advantage of two breaks. Only when the score was 0:5 Mertens, previously having played a set-bol, won his first game in the finals. Moreover, the Belgian immediately did a back break, but in the eighth game to Svitolina again seized the initiative and closed the party.
Second set Svitolina started with played break points. In the next game Mertens gives his serve, but immediately releases the opponent in the lead. With the score 4:1 Svitolina has loosened its grip and allowed Mertens to equalise. More gifts from rival Belgian received – Elina in the eighth game, he defended his serve, and then made a decisive break.
Victory in Istanbul brought Elina Svitolina 43 thousand dollars in prize money and 280 ranking points. A new week Ukrainka begins in the status of the 12th racket of the world.
Along the way, Svitolina became the first player in the season, winning three tournaments (Taipei, Dubai and Istanbul). The number of points earned in 2017 Elina ranks sixth, trailing only Carolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanne Comte and the Williams sisters.
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 1) – Elise Mertens (Belgium, 6) – 6:2, 6:4
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