Elina Svitolina has been named as the Taiwan Open top-seed at the tournament in Taipei. In the first round Elina needed less than one hour to defeat Russian Evgeniya Rodina, ranked No. 85 in the WTA Rankings: 6-0 6-3.
Elina finished the match with three aces, fours breaks and 23 winners to 7 unforced errors.
"On the court I felt great, - Elina said during her on-court interview. - I have a great support here and I am happy to play at this tournament. Do I feel any pressure as the top-seed? No, I'm trying to not think about it, just enjoy the game. I guess, you saw it, that I played good today. So, no pressure, I just focus on my next match".
In the second round Elina will face a qualifier Lucie Hradecka, World No. 170 of the Czech Republic.