Elina defeated Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic in the opening match of the White group: 6-3 6-3.
Elina won four break-points on her opponent’s serve in the first set and lost only a single service game. She also won her only break-point in the sixth game of the second set. Moreover, she managed to save all the three break-point opportunities which the Czech had on Elina’s serve in the second set. It is Elina’s second victory over Petra Kvitova out of nine matches they have played so far.
“I am so glad to be back here and I am really delighted with the match. I had a great support and it’s so nice to see so many happy faces. It was important for me to stay focused and remain mentally strong. It was the key. Petra has a fast serve and I had to react and move correspondingly. And I need some massage now”, said Elina after the match.
Elina’s opponent in the second match will be the winner of the clash between Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.