In the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Elina lost to Julia Goerges of Germany: 5-7 4-6.
Outcome of the each set was decided by the only break for the German in the latter stages, as the match was evenly poised. In 1 hour and 38 minutes Elina served six aces, made one double fault and wasn't able to convert any of her eight breakpoints. Earlier this year Elina has won three previous tournaments of this category (Dubai, Rome, Toronto).
Now Elina is heading to New York, where the last Grand Slam tournament of the season - US Open - starts in a week. Elina will play there for the sixth time in her career and has never went past the third round on these courts (2015, 2016).