Elina returns to the tour this week. She will play at the tournament in Istanbul as the top seed and will face a qualifier in the first round. 

It's her third campaign in Istanbul, but for the first time there she will play on clay. In 2014 Elina reached the quarterfinals, which is her best result at the "Istanbul Cup". Besides she is a two-time champion of the tournament in doubles (2014, 2015). 

Last weekend Elina Svitolina joined the Ukrainian national team in the Federation Cup tie against Germany in the World Group play-off. On the first day she lost to Julia Goerges in a tough three-setter, but clinched a confident win against Angelique Kerber on the second day. It's her fourth victory in a row against the World No. 1. However, the Ukrainian team lost the tie: 2-3. 

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