Elina Svitolina: "I've been to Ukraine, I almost didn't recognize my Country"
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The Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina was undoubtedly one of the strongest athletes of recent years. Among the best tennis players on the circuit, she is the tennis player she has known both on and off the court. Elina fought off-court battles such as those related to making a contribution to the Ukrainian territory, a victim of war in these years.
Svitolina was also the queen of gossip given her relationship with the French tennis player Gael Monfils and the two recently also had a baby girl, little Skai Monfils was born on October 15, 2022. The former number three in the world returned to the court after a few months, in the Charleston tournament, and made her debut against the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, number 47 in the world rankings.
A tough obstacle but Elina already showed good form, fighting and winning the first set. In the long run, the opponent got the better of it and then won the match with Svitolina who obviously didn't have the same condition as before.
In the post match, the tennis player dealt with many topics and appeared quite satisfied.
The words of Elina Svitolina in the press conference
The Ukrainian tennis player, now practically out of the rankings, explained: "The atmosphere was spectacular, it was exciting to see so many people supporting me and showing me that they are with me, especially given the difficult moment my country is experiencing.
I feel that I hit the ball very well and am pleasantly surprised by my game. Obviously I have to improve my physical condition since I suffered a lot especially in the final part". The tennis player then clarified: "I believe that if I work on some specific things as I would like, I can make a leap in quality much sooner than I had imagined." During the conference Svitolina revealed that she will play some ITF tournaments in Europe.
Then the tennis player returned to the drama that she is experiencing in her Country: "It's great that this tournament has made great efforts to give us a platform of visibility for Ukraine and is helping us raise funds.
We need the funds because in Ukraine many people are suffering, I was in my native country a few weeks ago and I could hardly recognize it. I was pleased to see my grandmother again and it moved me. But it has been heartbreaking to see what the war is doing and I will do what I can to educate people to help."