13.03.2017
After a tough win in her opening match, Elina easily went past one of her biggest rivals Daria Gavrilova with a 6-2 6-1 victory in the third round. 

Gavrilova took an early lead with the break in the opening game, but afterwards Elina was in a full control of the match and let her opponent to take only 2 of the next 13 games. Elina converted all six breakpoints losing only two games on her own serve. With her third win over Gavrilova Elina takes the lead in thier head-to-head: 4-3. 

- I'm trying not to think about whether this is my best tennis. I've achieved a lot of what I wanted, so I'm happy that I'm keeping it going, - Elina said after the match. - Every match is a story, and I've had a couple of good stories at the moment. I'm just trying to enjoy what I have now. After Miami, I'll have a break, sit down with my team and go over what I've done well and what I need to work on. This worked over the off-season, and I want to keep learning. 

Elina has extended her winning streak to 15 consecutive matches as she advances to the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open for the second time in her career and sets up a meeting with 7th seed Garbine Muguruza. 

- She had a tough match today. I haven't thought much about this match, and I'm going to a concert tonight - Okean Elzy, a very famous Ukrainian band is playing in LA - so I've had this in my head all day. I have a day off, and so I'll think about it tomorrow with my team; we'll have a hit, practice, and then we'll see. 

Svitolina and Muguruza have already met four times on the court. The Spanish won two matches in the qualification at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2012, meanwhile Elina clinched two victories in Dubai and Tokyo last year.
photo: Christopher Levy