05 Feb 2013

Svitolina reaches new high with double title success

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Photo: Vadik DrozdovskiElina Svitolina (UKR) and Marta Sirotkina (RUS)

EILAT, ISRAEL: Fresh from her first ever appearance in the main draw of the Australian Open, 18-year-old Elina Svitolina was back in action on the ITF Pro Circuit.

The Russian teenager swept to victory in both the singles and doubles events, the first time in her career she has achieved such a feat at the same tournament, and her title wins have seen her elevated to new career high WTA rankings of 104 and 292 in singles and doubles respectively.

Her route to the final saw her defeating all-comers in straight sets, including a second round victory over Alla Kudryavtseva, her doubles partner. In the final she she faced Russia's Marta Sirotkina and a 63 36 75 win saw Svitolina pick up her fifth career ITF Pro Circuit singles title.

In the doubles event, Svitolina earned her first doubles title since 2010 with a 61 63 defeat of Corinna Dentoni and Aliaksandra Sasnovich with partner Kudryatseva with whom she was partnering for the very first time.