n her opening match in Toronto Elina overcame Daria Kasatkina of Russia just under two hours: 7-6 (4) 6-4. The players splitting four breaks in the first set. Elina failed to serve out the set twice, when Kasatkina managed to break back both times.However, on the tiebreak, Elina played with more confidence and from 1-3 down won six of the next seven points.
The Russian had a better start in the second set and managed to make two breaks to take a solid lead. But Elina was able to break the momentum for her opponent and made a comeback, winning the next six games in a row. Elina served one ace with three double faults and converted three of seven breakpoints.
- I feel a bit tired, it was a tricky match with a slow start from me, when I made too many unforced errors, - Elina said in her on-court interview. - So I just tried to play and put the ball in the court, I started to play more aggressive as the match progresed and even finished it with a winner. How did I manage to comeback in the second set? Mentally I was ready for a decider, so I tried to not to focus on the score, just relax and play tennis. Of course, I had an unbelievable start of the season, my clay season was awesome, but this is my first tournament after Wimbledon. Clearly I need more time to come back on tour, to play my game and show my best tennis again.
The winner of today's match between Venus Williams and Katerina Siniakova will meet Elina Svitolina in the third round in Toronto on Thursday.