Sunday, 26 February 2017

Svitolina wins in Dubai

Elina Svitolina becomes the first Ukranian woman to reach the world's top ten following her comprehensive 6-4 6-2 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final.

Svitolina simply overpowered the Danish defence which had been so effective until the last match.  The fifth game of the opening set saw the first signs of cracks in the Wozniacki game and the resultant service break was consolidated through to 5-4.
Here, when serving for the set, Svitolina succumbed to the occasion and Wozniacki had three break back opportunities.  However, from 0-40, the seventh seed found a way to save the situation and hold for the one set advantage.

An exchange of service breaks at the start of set two did nothing to halt the Ukranian momentum and Svitolina won the final five games of the match, securing her second title of 2017, the sixth and biggest of her career.
For her efforts, a second consecutive losing final, Wozniacki moves up a spot to 14 in the world with a return to the top ten imminent, considering she has very few points to defend for the next six months.

Finalists have been determined in four other tournaments.

Marseille will have a French champion this year after Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won semi finals against Richard Gasquet and defending champion Nick Kyrgios respectively.

Dominic Thiem meets Pablo Carreno Busta in the Rio de Janeiro final, Thiem brushing Albert Ramos-Vinolas aside in straight sets and Carreno Busta coming from a set down to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud, in their two semi finals.

In Budapest, top seed and Hungary's own Timea Babos has won through to the final where she will play the second seed Lucie Safarova.  Both had semi final victories over German players, Julia Goerges and Carina Witthoeft respectively.

Jack Sock has the task of defeating top seed Milos Raonic if he is to take home the Delray Beach title.  Sock proved too strong for fellow American Donald Young and Raonic stopped del Potro's promising Florida showing.

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