Elina Svitolina: Life is not limited to tennis

Author : Maksym Shylin

Respondent : Elina Svitolina

Source : 112 Ukraine

Find out an exclusive interview with the Ukrainian tennis player from Paris. In this season the 22-year-old sportswoman has already won four titles, beat many records, and currently occupies the sixth line of the world rankings
10:57, 8 June 2017

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Elina, congratulations on the eighth victory in a row. When I watched the match with Lynette it seemed that you did not play at full strength.

You are right. I did not show the super-game, but what I demonstrated was quite enough for defeating my rival. I have played very cool during important balls and in many respects this fact brought me the victory.

The third consecutive year and you participate in 1/8 of "Roland Garros". On the other "Helmets" – this is maximum the third round. What is so special about courts in Paris?

I did not think about that much. I try to play as best I can on all the "helmets", but it turns out that way. Now I have the highest rating and the net is a bit different. Of course, there are no simple rivals, but still there are some more real opponents. In principle, here I always had good results and this is an indication that "Roland Garros" is a stable tournament for me.

On the "Grand Slam" you are playing for the first time in the status of the TOP-10 player. Do you feel additional pressure or burden of responsibility?

It is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there is pressure; of course, there is an expectation from the fans, from people waiting for something from the players who are high. On the other hand, I played a lot of matches (the record for the number of wins in the season - 34), won a lot of tournaments in this year. So I feel a great confidence, and it plays a big role in significant moments.

Related: Tennis: Elina Svitolina loses in Roland Garros quarterfinal

Do you feel that you can win at Roland Garros? Bookmakers consider Elina Svitolina one of the favorites.

I play at a good level, but I do not think in advance. Naturally, for me it is a good sign. It means that I show a good quality in tennis, especially in difficult situations.

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How about the support during the games, do you meet the Ukrainians?

Now more and more people started supporting me in different countries! There are a lot of different good fans who always come to the tournament to support me. I always try to thank them in some way: give an autograph, take a picture.

It is very important for me when I see a lot of flags in the stadium. In Dubai (the second title won in 2017) I was well supported by the Ukrainian fans. I am glad that tennis is becoming more popular among the Ukrainians. In Paris, I also constantly meet fans, my mom and dad also came here too.

Related: Tennis: Svitolina to face Halep in Roland Garros

I am sure many are interested in the question whether the heart of one of the most beautiful tennis players in the world is free?

I do not answer this question at all, but if you look on the Internet, I think you will find the answer.


(In "Instagram" of Elina Svitolina there are some joint photos with the England cricket player Reece Topley.)

In one of the recent interviews, you said that you have rethought a lot of things, both in terms of tennis career, and in unsporting issues. What is it about?

I have in mind that life is not limited to tennis, that you need to expand your horizons: to think more about other things, about the future, not to look only in tomorrow. There is still life outside the court! I want to constantly learn something new, read a lot. Now I read more books about economics and business. I am interested in it because tennis is very close to business.

Related: Tennis: Elina Svitolina reaches Roland Garros quarterfinals

What are your plans after the tournament in Paris?

After "Roland Garros" I should rest a couple of days and I would go, probably, to London to prepare for "Wimbledon". Let us see how I play here, because I have some minor problems with health. I plan to play only at the tournament in Birmingham before "Wimbledon".

Related: Tennis: Ukraine’s Svitolina wins WTA competition in Rome

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