WATCH: Elina Svitolina strikes the gym in what looks like post-injury recovery feet before Indian Wells and Miami Open

Svitolina is grinding hard in gym after back injury at the Australian Open.


WATCH: Elina Svitolina strikes the gym in what looks like post-injury recovery feet before Indian Wells and Miami Open

Elina Svitolina (Via screengrab/@elisvitolina)

Elina Svitolina is back in the gym as she draws close to full recovery ahead of the Qatar Open. The Ukrainian sustained a back injury during her fourth-round contest against Linda Noskova in the Australian Open.

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The 29-year-old felt a sharp shooting pain in her back when she wanted to serve against Linda Noskova in the fourth round. After taking a medical time out, she was struggling on the court, then realized that she could not serve because of the severe pain. The Ukrainian was forced to retire while trailing 0-3 in the first set.

In a video posted by Tennis Letter on X, formerly known as Twitter, Svitolina was working out in the gym, part of which included running in the swimming pool. She is scheduled to compete at the Qatar Open before heading for the Miami Open.

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The Ukrainian returned to the court in 2023 after giving birth to Skai and has been in incredible form since. She pulled a rousing run to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open in her first Grand Slam as a mother. Immediately, followed it up with her best major tournament run that saw her defeat Iga Swiatek to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon.

Elina Svitolina aiming for a WTA title after impressive start of the season

Svitolina is scheduled to play at the Qatar Open, which will take place from February 11 -17. The tournament is a much-needed preparation for the WTA Masters in Indian Wells in March.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina (Source: CNN)

Svitolina, who was crowned the WTA Comeback Player of the Year in 2023, would be aiming for a title victory after coming close to two Grand Slam titles before suffering an ankle injury. She has now established herself as one of the best players in the world, after scaling to No.3 in the ranking three years ago.

At the Auckland Open this season, she lost by small margins in a three-set final against Coco Gauff. Known for beating prominent players, she will carry that expectancy into the Indian Wells Tournament and Miami Open, where Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek seats as top seed.

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