Dubai marks top 10 debut for Svitolina

Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrating with the trophy after winning the final women's WTA Tennis Championship match in Dubai on Saturday (Feb 25).
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine celebrating with the trophy after winning the final women's WTA Tennis Championship match in Dubai on Saturday (Feb 25).PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI • Elina Svitolina celebrated breaking into the world's top 10 after beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.

The Ukrainian cracked the elite on 10th position as she defeated 2011 champion Wozniacki, a former world No. 1.

She claimed her sixth career trophy and second in a month after Taipei as she beat Wozniacki for the second time without a loss.

"This is very, very special for me, I played some amazing tennis this week," she said after playing in her first WTA Premier 5 final. "This is my first trophy at such a big event... I've dreamed for all my life to be in top 10."

Her victory in a match which began two hours late due to rain marked the biggest of her career.

She spent 54 minutes in claiming the first set in a battle of long points.

Svitolina took a 3-2 lead in the second set on a break, then reached 5-2 before drilling a forehand winner down the line for victory after less than 90 minutes.

Wozniacki was playing her second final in as many weeks after finishing runners-up in Doha to Karolina Pliskova.

"It's been a good two weeks for me, playing two finals," said the Dane. "This is a good sign for the rest of the season."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2017, with the headline 'Dubai marks top 10 debut for Svitolina'. Print Edition | Subscribe