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Svitolina uses brain and brawn to lift title

sports Updated: Nov 12, 2012 00:46 IST
Deepti Patwardhan
Deepti Patwardhan
Hindustan Times

There’s a good deal of frowning upon on the monotony of women’s tennis. Even the two finalists of the Royal Indian Open on Sunday—Kimiko Date-Krumm and Elina Svitolina—agreed.

But the 42-year-old Date-Krumm was the first to acknowledge that Svitolina had used brawn and brain in equal measure to emerge a 6-2, 6-3 winner in an hour and 20 minutes.

Having dismissed the tournament’s glamour girl Andrea Petkovic in the semifinal, the Ukranian teenager came out with her rock ’n’ roll game to silence Date-Krumm’s noiseless art in Sunday’s final and seal her first WTA title.

“I did watch a few of her matches. Even against Petkovic she was very good and hit the ball hard. But today she was changing the pace on the shots every time and
it was difficult to anticipate,” said Date-Krumm, who was aiming to become the oldest title winner on the WTA circuit.

Though only 18, Svitolina is already ranked 156 in the world and was the first player with brute power the Japanese had to face all week. Svitolina, the 2010 junior French Open champion, fired six aces and saved five of the six break points to show her mettle as a match-winner. With 160 points and $20,000 in her pocket for winning this Challenger event, Svitolina’s now beginning the charge into the top-100.

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