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Dubai | Svitolina defends her title successfully

Dubai | Svitolina defends her title successfully

Top-seeded Elina Svitolina successfully defended her Dubai title to continue to keep herself in contention for the world number one slot.  It was her second title of the year with an emphatic 6-4 6-0 victory against the unseeded 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships trophy.

I’m really happy with my performance today, all week I handled the pressure so well, coming here as the defending champion I had no expectations, I just wanted to take it one match at a time, Elina Svitolina

“Coming here I didn’t have any expectations and here I am holding this trophy again,” the Ukrainian said.

The 23-year-old drew 34 errors from her opponent, and bageled the youngster in the second set as the Russian tried to raise her game and pressure the defending champion

Kasatkina looked to be feeling the effects of a long three-set semi-final 24-hours earlier when she upset of No. 2 seed Garbine Muguruza 3-6 7-6(13-11) 6-1 having also put out Jo Konta in second round 4-6 7-6(6) 6-2.

“I’m really happy with my performance today, all week I handled the pressure so well, coming here as the defending champion I had no expectations, I just wanted to take it one match at a time,” Svitolina, who had beaten the Russian in their two previous meetings, said. “My game plan today was to keep the ball in the court, make her rally. I am pleased with how I handled everything.”

It was Svitolina’s second title of the year having won Brisbane last month and has improved her record in finals to an impressive 11-2.

 






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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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