Elina defeated the Croatian Donna Vekic in the first round of the Premier tournament Nature Valley Classic: 6-1 3-6 6-1.

Elina won two break-points and all her service games in the opening set. She also won another break-point and grasped the 3-1 lead at the beginning of the second set. But Vekic managed to pull herself together, won five games in a row and switched the match to the decisive set which was marked by the complete control of Elina. Eventually, she won two more games on her opponent’s serve and sealed the victory. The match had lasted for 90 minutes.

Elina’s next opponent in the second round of Birmingham is Alize Cornet from France. The players have already met five times and Elina won three previous matches. The latest match took place in Madrid earlier this year