"My dreams when I was younger were to be doing what I'm doing now. My plans are to improve every day, keep healthy and keep in mind the bigger picture for myself."

PROFILE

Residence: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.74 m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Favorite surfaces: hard and clay
Status: Pro (2010)
Current singles ranking: 6 (22.05.2017)
Coach: Thierry Ascione, Gabriel Urpi

"As a player I would say I'm aggressive and fiercely competitive, but as a person I would say independent and relaxed."

Biography

Elina was born on September 12, 1994 in Odessa and introduced to tennis by her family at the age of 5. Her father, Mykhaylo, and her mother, Olena, are Elina' s biggest supporters. Elina's older brother, Yulian, is a tennis coach in Ukraine. In fact, watching him play in her earliest age motivated the young Ukrainian girl to embrace tennis and always strive to get to the top.

Currently, Elina is Ukraine's number 1 professional female tennis player. Her best junior achievements include winning Roland Garros girls' title at the age of 15. "Winning Junior Roland Garros gave me a taste of what it would be like for the senior slams. Now my ambition is to win all 4 Grand Slams", Elina says.

Personal

Apart from tennis – her greatest passion, Elina enjoys wake-boarding, watching soccer and reading books. Her favorite writer is Nicholas Sparks.

The tennis idols who inspire Elina on court are Andre Agassi, Rogger Federer, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. People most admired by her are the Klitschko brothers and Michael Jackson. Elina is a dedicated hip hop fan and Eminem ranks on top of her list.

Not surprisingly, the favorite tournament of Ukraine's number one is US Open. The reason is that Elina is in love with New York, as much as she loves Chinese food and watching Johnny Depp's movies.