23.01.2018
Elina lost to the Belgian Elise Mertens in the quarterfinal of the Australian Grand Slam tournament: 4-6 0-6. The match lasted for an hour and thirteen minutes whereas Elina served three aces, avoided any double-faults, won a game on her opponent’s serve and lost five games on her own serve. 

"I was not ready to produce a good level of tennis. Mertens is a great player, she has a good level, so, you know, I couldn't match it, because physically it was very tough for me," said Elina during her post-match press conference. 

"Going into the tournament, I had a few issues with my health. Yeah, it was very sad that today I was not feeling great. It was my right hip. I start to feel it actually after the final in Brisbane. Then it was getting worse and then was up and down. I always had the tape, like, a heavy tape under the shorts. Sometimes, you know, it was fine, but today she's playing good level, so I had to push myself. She didn't give me opportunities. All the credit to her, because she played really good tennis. 

I will see what I have to do. Speak with my team. You know, I didn't speak with them. Of course we tried to do our best to prepare for the Grand Slam. It's not every day I'm playing quarterfinals, so, yeah, I had to give everything. Of course it's tough that I couldn't, you know, to play my game. But it's like this. Yeah, probably unlucky a little bit.” 

This year Elina made her debut in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open. Moreover, it was the third time she played quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament.