Svitolina overwhelmed Wozniacki in WTA Dubai finals

Elina Svitolina maintained her impressive mastery over top seed Angelique Kerber to upset the German and book a championship match against former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki. No.7 seed Elina Svitolina conquered top seed Angelique Kerber for a third straight time - the second time in 2017 - to advance into the biggest final of her young career with a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Svitolina was successful in the final where she won against Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2.

Elina Svitolina kicked off the season by knocking out Kerber, then No.1, at the Brisbane International, but pulled off a hat trick of wins over the two-time Grand Slam champion on Friday, overcoming a rain delay and a late surge from an experienced - if slightly hampered - opponent to advance after one hour and 39 minutes of play.

"It was really tough," she said during her on-court interview. "[Kerber] obviously had a medical timeout, so it was in and out all the time. The rain made it even tougher to stay focused, so it was a very tricky match. Hopefully Angelique has nothing serious with her knee and gets better soon."

In control late in the second set, Svitolina saw her lead slip as Kerber won three straight games to serve for a decider. Digging in her heels, the Ukrainian youngster was riding a big wave of confidence - and an 11-match winning streak after taking home her fifth career title at the Taiwan Open - and broke back to roar though the ensuing tie-break. "I was just trying to hit the ball, move my legs, think positively, and fight for every ball." Standing between Svitolina and the biggest title of her career was former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who reached her first final in Dubai since 2011 earlier in the day; Svitolina won their only previous meeting in three grueling sets. Svitolina was successfull also in the final where she overwhelmed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2.

A win in Saturday's final guarantees to Elina Svitolina long-awaited ascension into the Top 10, she is No.10 in WTA rankings from Monday.

Source: www.wtatennis.com

Photos by: 
Ivan Kopcani, www.empire-tennis-academy.com

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