Svitolina puts her name in Melbourne contenders but first she has a job to finish in Brisbane

Elina Svitolina had her best year on the tour last year and has carried on her determined fight to 2018 making her first final in Brisbane with wins against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova in the last couple of rounds to secure another final.

Elina’s game is all set to become a major winner. Over the past year we have seen the improvement with her ground strokes and her movement. What I think does let her down at times is concentration and a lack of momentum beginning matches which we saw against Konta in the previous round and that concentration slipped against Pliskova in the semi-final despite some exceptional dominance to get to a 7-5 5-2 position but did get pulled back to 5-5 before sealing the win in straight sets.

There is work to do still in Brisbane as she comes up against a tough opponent who has become the first qualifier in Brisbane International history to come through qualifying and make the final and will provide a tough and pressure free test for Elina.


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