“Ukrainians never give up” Elina Svitolina credits the flag of Ukraine as she wins a thriller to reach the quarter-finals in Monterrey

Elina Svitolina takes inspiration from the Ukrainian flag to win a thrilling match to reach the quarter-finals at the 2022 Monterrey Open.

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

World No. 15 and the top-seed Elina Svitolina had to battle hard against Viktoriya Tomova in their round of 16 match to enter the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2022 Monterrey Open. Elina looked to be the easy favourite here but the Bulgarian made sure that Elina had to bring her ‘A’ game to move past her. Elina won the match 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

With a lot going on off the court for Elina especially, it was a tough battle for her. With the Russian invasion in Ukraine continuing for a second week, Elina continues to speak about the unnecessary war that has tormented her homeland where thousands of her compatriots including her family are stuck amidst the war.

Elina has been outspoken hoping to bring more and more attention to the war in the hopes of restoring peace once again. She has already pledged to donate all of her prize money won this and in coming weeks towards the Ukrainian army and for humanitarian needs. Elina during her on-court interview spoke about how she took inspiration from her national flag to keep fighting.

“With the fight. It was an extremely tough first set, the second set didn’t go my way and the third set, 0-2 down, I was not playing my best but I was fighting until the very end. The Ukrainian flag really helped me today to play and as someone screamed ‘Ukrainians never give up’ so it was really speaking to me and I was fighting until the very end and I won my game in the end so it was really good match to come back. Thank you so much for the support and see you tomorrow,” said Svitolina.

Elina Svitolina reaches the last-8 for the first time this season

Elina Svitolina
Elina Svitolina

Elina had not made a great start to her campaign this season facing some early exits. Having played in two consecutive events in Adelaide, she lost both her opening matches and reached the Melbourne Park for the 2022 Australian Open with a 0-2 record. She reached the 3rd round at the Grand Slam losing to Victoria Azarenka.

Post her stay in Australia, she played at the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships where she lost in the 2nd round and then lost in her first match at the 2022 Qatar Open in Doha. She has improved on the results this week in Mexico and will now take on 5th seed Camila Osorio in the quarter-finals looking for her first title of the season.

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