Elina Svitolina, ranked No. 8 in World female singles, is a Ukrainian tennis player. The 24-year-old turned professional in 2010 and reached her career-high ranking of World No. three on September 11, 2017.
Also, Elina has made history by becoming the first Ukranian women to enter the top 10 in the world singles. On top of that, Elina recently qualified for the semi-final of Wimbledon by defeating Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic. Let’s know more about this young player right now.
But before here are some interesting facts about the player herself.
Elina Svitolina: Quick Facts
|Full Name:||Elina Svitolina|
|Birth Date:||September 12, 1994|
|Birth Place:||Odesa, Ukraine|
|Father’s Name:||Mykhyalo Svitolina|
|Height:||5 feet 9 inches (1.74m)|
|Weight:||132 lbs (60 kg)|
|Net Worth:||$2.5 million|
Elina Svitolina becomes Ukraine’s first-ever Grand Slam semi-finalist.
The Wimbledon this year has truly been remarkable since many new names are conquering the match. It’s true that Elina is not a novice when it comes to tennis, but it is, however, her first semi-final match in Wimbledon.
But acquiring such a feat was no easy task as she had to defeat Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic. Elina achieved victory over the Czech player in two sets of 7-5, 6-4. Prior to this, Elina claimed victory over Daria Gavrilova, Margarita Gasparyan, Maria Sakkari, and Petra Martic to pave her way to the semi-final.
Elina Svitolina vs. Karolina Muchova quarter-final highlights Wimbledon 2019
Not only did she went through the semi-final, but she also became the first Ukranian to achieve such a feat. The finals are just an inch away, but to reach there, Elina has to face Simona Halep in the semi-final once again. Before this, the pair have already faced each other back in 2017 in Instanbul and won. It’s sure Simona is seeking to redeem herself while Elina wants to achieve victory once again.
The exciting match between these will be held on July 11 in Center Court. The winner of this match will advance to the finals.
Early Life and Childhood
Elina Svitolina was born on September 12, 1994, in Odesa, Ukraine. She is the daughter of Mikhaylo Svitolin, former wrestler, and Olena Svitolina, former competitive rower. She also has an older brother named Yulian.
Svitolina started playing tennis in order to get the attention of her father. When she was 12, a businessman Yuriy Sapronov became her sponsor, and soon after, her whole family moved to Kharkiv. There she was able to train and further sharpen her skills.
Age and Measurements
Elina will be 25 years old this year in September. The Ukrainian-born has an athletic body that stands tall at the height of 5 feet 9 inches(1.74m) and weighs around 132 lbs(60 Kg).
Similarly, Elina is a beautiful young lady with hazel eyes and long golden-brown hair. She also has a fair skin complexion.
Elina Svitolina: Professional Career
Elina is a right-handed player who specializes in defensive playing. But that does not mean she cannot attack. Elina has a stronger backhand with which she hits accurate shots on the run. In addition, her reflexes are top-notch and make up for her lack of service.
The Ukrainian player has been improving her game, and credits go to her coaching consultant Thierry Ascion and her new coach, Gabriel Urpi, to replace Justin Henin. Similarly, Elina has won 13 singles titles so far, including the 2018 WTA Finals, 2017 Dubai Tennis Championships, and the 2015 French Open.
After Elina turned professional in 2010, the young player has to wait three years to win her first WTA title. In 2013, Elina won her first WTA title at the Baku Cup by defeating Shahar Pe’er. Likewise, she became the first teenager to win a WTA tournament since 2012.
In 2015, Elina defeated World No. 1, Serena Williams, in the first set at the Australian Open before losing in three sets. After that, Elina had a series of wins and losses in her career. However, 2017 made a strong impact on her career. Elina won her fifth WTA title at the Taiwan Open and also got her first title at Premier-5 level in Dubai. To achieve such a huge feat, Elina defeated Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.
The win catapulted her ranking to the top ten, making it the first of her career. She was ranked at her career-high no. 3. Elina was also the first Ukranian to do so. Throughout her career, Elina has reigned victory over some prominent players, including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens, Noami Osaka, and many more.
In 2019, Elina achieved another feat by entering the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
Elina Svitolina: Personal Life
Talking about her personal life, Elina is currently dating a French tennis player Gael Monfils. Gael is currently ranked at No. 16 and lost his first round to Ugo Humbert before exiting from Wimbledon.
Prior to this, Elina dated Reece Topley who was a cricketer. But the couple dated for a while before officially breaking up.
Net Worth and Income
As of 2019, Elina has a net worth of $2.5 million, which is bound to increase following her rank in the ongoing Grand Slam. Apart from this, Elina is a high ranked professional who has accumulated a total of $14,248,573 prize money.
Along with her prize money, Elina is also sponsored by the world-renowned brand Nike and Wilson. Also, she was previously sponsored by Ellesse and Lacoste, raking in millions of dollars.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 483k Followers
Twitter– 98k Followers