05.05.2018
Elina defeated the French Alize Cornet in the opening match of the Premier Mandatory tournament in the capital of Spain: 6-2 6-2. 

The match had lasted for 71 minutes whereas Elina won five games on her opponent’s serve and lost only a single service game. Elina also grabbed the 3-2 lead in the head-to-head record with the French. Moreover, it’s her third consecutive victory over Cornet. 

Elina’s next opponent in the second round will be the winner of the match between the Spaniard Carla Suarez-Navarro and the Czech Barbora Strycova.