23.02.2017
Elina needed slightly over an hour to beat American Lauren Davis for the fourth time. For the second year in a row Elina advances to the semifinals in Dubai with a 6-0 6-4 win in the quarters.

In the first set Elina took control of the game, breaking her opponent's serve three times and losing just eight points during the set. In the second set the American was able to put up a fight, but Elina played solid in the key moments and kept her lead after a break in the seveth game.

"I was expecting Lauren to come back to the game because she's such a good player," Elina admitted in her on-court interview afterwards. "I was just trying to stay calm and stay positive, and I think it worked in the end." "I'm 11 in the world, so it's not just from nothing," she smiled after beating Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-4.

"And I'm not the first year on tour. When the young players are coming up, they have nothing to defend...and then next level, next year when they need to defend, it's, like, much tougher.

"So, for me, I'm not the first year on tour, so I had already this stage where I needed to defend, where this kind of pressure is there. So now it's very different for me, and for a moment, I don't want to say too much that I'm too confident, but yeah, I'm working on it, to be consistent."

"I'm really happy the way I started and the way I finished the match, because I was being very aggressive and it worked really good," she said. "I think I was calm and positive today. I'm really happy that I won, and with the performance."

For the spot in the Dubai's final Elina will play with the winner of the match between Angelique Kerber and Ana Konjuh. Regardless of the semifinal's outcome Elina guaranteed herself a new personal record in the WTA rankings.