Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Elina Svitolina wins WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina wins WTA Finals

This time it was the Ukraine's Elina Svitolina's turn for a comeback.

Elina Svitolina beat Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in a bit of an epic a few moments ago, and the Ukrainianwill take on either Sloane Stephens or Karolina Pliskova to ensure we'll have a new champion by tomorrow. It's been awesome to play against her here and, of course, I want to thank the crowd. "It's definitely a good statement for myself".

"But I was staying very positive and I think that's what made the difference this week".

Svitolina had been a virtual spectator during the fightback, but shook off her passive play and concentrated on depth as opposed to direction, taking advantage of mental lapses from Bertens to claim the opener when her opponent double-faulted.

The Ukrainian once again dug deep to triumph 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and 23 minutes on Sunday (Oct 28).

This is the first year since 2011 that Serena Williams didn't win a major title, and she's 37 years old now.

Svitolina has looked on a mission at the WTA Finals in an effort to make amends for a lacklustre early exit previous year. So she was serving well, and I just wasn't being aggressive enough.

"For me, I shouldn't just be doing well on hard courts".

It's the fourth year in a row that a player that has yet to win a Grand Slam won the year-end championships (joining Caroline Wozniacki in 2017, Dominika Cibulkova in 2016 and Agnieszka Radwanska in 2015).

"These past five months, there have been lots of work that I was putting in. But now I feel a bit more calm".

Svitolina split with coach Thierry Ascione in October and worked with Andrew Bettles in Singapore but said she would look at her options during the off-season. In the second game, which Svitolina lost his serve in the Ukrainian three times played the break point (in total served 21 times).

At some point in the tiebreak, both players had a two-point lead as it shifted from Svitolina up 2-0 then down 2-4.

"After the US Open previous year, everyone was, like, 'Oh, she's a one-hit wonder, she'll never do anything again, it was just lucky, no one was playing, blah, blah, blah, '...this season I was like 'I really want to play a little more consistent, I want to have some better results in the bigger tournaments and just do better to show that I'm a Top 10 or top-whatever player".

"I think I'm capable of doing that".

The 24-year-old Stephens fell to 1-3 in finals this year and 6-3 career.

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