Svitolina sets sights on French Open title


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2020 French Open 

ATP Tour & WTA Tour 
Stade Roland Garros
Paris, France  
27 September - 11 October 2020

Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina will be looking to clinch her maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open.
 
The 26-year-old is ranked fifth on the WTA world rankings and she reached her career-high ranking of world number three in September 2017, and again in September 2019.
 
Svitolina has won 15 WTA singles titles, including the 2018 WTA Finals and three of five Premier 5-level tournaments in 2017.
 
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At the 2015 French Open, Svitolina reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, where she was defeated by former champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.
 
Svitolina became the first Ukrainian woman to break into the top-10 rankings in February 2017, after winning the Dubai Tennis Championship. 
 
The two-handed backhand player would finally reach her first Grand Slam semi-final at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

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Svitolina then followed it up with a second consecutive semi-final at the 2019 US Open where she lost to Serena Williams of the USA in the last four.
 
The Odessa-born player also has six wins over a world No. 1 to her name, three over Kerber, two over Halep and one over Serena Williams.
 
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She booked her place in this year's French Open quarter-finals after defeating Caroline Garcia of France and she will now face Nadia Podoroska of Argentina in the last eight. 
 
Svitolina spoke about the support she gets from her boyfriend, Gael Monfils, who lost to Alexander Bublik of Russia in the opening round, the Frenchman's earliest exit at Roland Garros in 15 years.
 
“To be fair, right now I'm thinking I’m playing for both of us. I know how much he loves to compete here in Paris and how much he loves to play in front of big crowds," she said
 
“Unfortunately this year it's a bit different. So it’s really sad that he couldn’t play his best.”
 
“I always love the way that he pushes me to be better, and I also try to motivate him to be better person, better tennis player," she added.
 
“I think this is the way that it has to be, and you have to really support each other and push for better results.”
 

Men's Singles Quarter-final Fixtures

 
Novak Djokovic v Pablo Carreno Busta
Andrey Rublev v Stefanos Tsitsipas 
Diego Schwartzmann v Dominic Thiem
Jannik Sinner v Rafael Nadal
 

Women's Singles Quarter-Final Fixtures

 
Iga Świątek v Martina Trevisan
Elina Svitolina v Nadia Podoroska
Petra Kvitová v Laura Siegemund
Sofia Kenin v Ons Jabeur or Danielle Collins


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Published: 10/08/2020