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Favourite of bookmakers
Bookmakers earn their daily bread, and therefore if they consider Elina Svitolina one of the main contenders, this at least deserves attention. Moreover, the bookmakers did not even bother that the Ukrainian athlete still does not have good statistics in the Grand Slam tournaments. In fact, only last year's Roland Garros Ukrainian tennis player can add to her assets. However, successful performances at Masters and Premier tournaments series make it possible to predict progress in the main competitions of the season.
In good form
Elina perfectly started the calendar year and won the tournament in Brisbane. She was in the best form at the start of the season, looked great in games with her competitors - Johanna Konta, Karolína Plíškova. And in these meetings Svitolina showed a good physical shape and mentality of the winner, when she could turn the tide of the game with the British tennis player, anddid not flinch against the Czech. Many experts noted that it is important for Elina to improve the psychological aspect, and it seems that now significant progress has been made in this component. The absence of Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenko at the Australian Open tournament is a signal to show determination and take the title right now. In the course of the season, competition can only become higher and it is much better by then to play during the tour from a position of strength.
Svitolina is at the bottom of the tournament bracket, and we can say that she was lucky with the draw. Elina confidently passed the first opponent (Yorovich), and further to the quarterfinals she actually had one unpleasant opponent - Katerina Sinyakova in the second round of the competition. For example, in the third round, Shuai Pen could have been waiting for her among potential competitors, but the Chinese woman already lost to our compatriot Marta Kostyuk in the first round. Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams also were defeated right after the first games. It turns out that among the nearest potential dangerous opponents, only Bencic and Gavrilova can be considered, but against both Elina will look more interesting. Because for Svitolina not only the road to the semifinal is opened, but the quality of the rivals allows her keeping enough forces for the finals. And then the championship rounds are already starting - there her good statistics of the last two seasons in the game with top opponents would be beneficial.
Good statistics with the top 10
Practically, with all the main competitors, Elina has a positive dynamics in the results. She learned to play against Angelique Kerber, Karolína Plíškova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Simona Halep. We note that Svitolina has the best performance against the top 5 during the last two tennis seasons. The start of 2018 and the fresh victory over Plíškova only confirm the fact that the trend is relevant and continues to work. Of course, there are those against whom Svitolina play with little more difficulty. Of the uncomfortable rivals can be identified Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia, but who knows if they will be able to reach the decisive stages. It is logical that such statistics of personal meetings give confidence and only adds bonuses to our expectations.
Elina from season to season becomes only better and stronger. Starting with her debut on the 2011 tour, she wins more and loses less often in each new season. This is very important in conditions of prevailing anarchy in women's tennis. The ideal start of 2018 (6-0) is not a situational one. Elina is blooming, working with her shortcomings in the game and becomes stronger on the court. She deservedly belongs to the cohort of the current elite of women's tennis, and therefore it is logical to consider her among real candidates for victory right now.