Published April 18, 2017 12:14
The first quarter of 2017 is in the books, and before the WTA tour turns to the European red clay, it’s time to take one last look back at the Top 5 moments that have shaped the season thus far.
Up next on our countdown, a pair of WTA stars who showed the world that slow and steady wins the race…
Svitolina Can’t Stop Winning: When Elina Svitolina started winning, she could hardly be stopped. The Ukrainian dominated the headlines in February, when she put together an impressive 15-match winning streak and capped it off with the best result of her career.
She started off in Taipei City, where she claimed the Taiwan Open title, then notched back-to-back Fed Cup wins for Ukraine before taking home her biggest title to date at the Premier 5-level Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. She stayed dominant against the WTA’s top players, too, and posted back-to-back wins over Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber on her way to the Dubai title.
“I always try to take one step at a time,” Svitolina told WTA Insider after her win in Dubai. “It’s very important for me to not rush things, and to stay very positive with myself.
“I did a lot of work with all the coaches I’ve had and my new team, so it’s always nice to have different opinions on my game. With Justine as well, it was an amazing year.
“I’m very happy with the way I’m playing now. Of course, there’s so many things that I need to work on, and I’m looking forward to new challenges.”
Her torrid form was rewarded with yet another career-best milestone: Svitolina rose to World No.10, becoming the first Ukrainian player ever to break the WTA Top 10.
Wozniacki Stays On Course For Top 10 Return: Consistency has been the name of Caroline Wozniacki‘s game for a while, and she’s shown her incredible staying power once again in 2017.
Although a WTA title has remained elusive so far this, Wozniacki has posted some of the most consistent results of anyone on tour. She’s reached the quarterfinals or better at 11 of her last 14 events, a run which includes titles at the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open and the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, runner-up finishes at the 2017 Qatar Total Open, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Miami Open, and a semifinal finish at the 2016 US Open.
As a result of she’s been knocking on the door of a return to the WTA’s Top 10 – a far cry from where she sat barely seven months ago, at World No.74 as a result of a downward slide caused by injury woes.
“Obviously when you’re that close, you want to win it,” Wozniacki said in Miami. “Especially when you feel like it was on your racquet or you feel like you could have done better it’s definitely more disappointing. But at the end of the day, [three] finals. I can’t complain about it.
“I’m playing really well, and I feel like if I just keep going this way I’ll get another chance. Hopefully I’ll hold the trophy here and it’ll feel great. I’m just gonna keep putting myself out in positions where I have the opportunity to do well and win trophies. That’s all I can really do.”
The Top 5 Moments That Marked 2017 So Far:
5) The Future Is Now:Teen Titans Crash WTA Party: Kasatkina, Vondrousova Take Titles To Start 2017
4) Slow & Steady Wins The Race: Wozniacki & Svitolina’s Hot Streaks Lighting Up 2017
Stay tuned for more…