Elina Svitolina is going through a turbulent period in her career at the moment. A bad start to the season continued with a first-round defeat in the Qatar Total Open against Amanda Anisimova. The Ukrainian now has a 4/5 win / loss record in 2020 as he fights for a foothold.
Last week, Svitolina lost to Jennifer Brady in qualifying in the opening round of the Dubai Open. It was very solid throughout the year in 2019, which makes its immersion in the form even more alarming.
In her post-game conference, a question asked to her was what her mentality was at this point.
“Well, surely there wasn’t the most surprising start of the year, but I tried to take the positive aspects every single day, not focusing much on the loss I had, surely they were very surprising also for me because I couldn’t show my best, my correct game, even at medium level. “
“I try to regroup and every week accepts a new challenge and for me this is what matters most now and it doesn’t make sense to focus on the negative because they will only drag you down.”
Elina Svitolina promises to solve her problems
Elina joined forces with former player Marcos Baghdatis in December as she joined her team of coaches. He talked about it and also his new trial.
“Yes, it’s definitely nice to have Marcos with me during the off-season because we try to work slightly differently. This year it takes some time to really adapt my game and put it all together. That’s why I’m not really going in panic now because I still have a long year and many games. “
Another interesting topic raised in the question was that of the Grand Slam semifinals. Svitolina made the semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open last year. He lost both games, facing a very mild fight and winning only 4 games in each semifinal.
He said he would not like to repeat any of his previous mistakes and be able to win next time.
“It will certainly help me, a little experience, maybe I won’t be so nervous because I think in the first semifinal that I played at Wimbledon, maybe I was too nervous and I didn’t play as I wanted. I think this experience will definitely help you in the future and you just have to try to focus on your game and don’t think it’s such a big game. “
He has two semifinal experiences now, but still has a long way to go if he wants to make another semifinal. It desperately needs to take its shape as the two major majors approach the horizon.