At the WTA tournament in Brisbane Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals defeated the first racket of the world Angelic Kerber– 6:4, 3:6, 6:3.
After the match, Svitolina commented.
– First of all, I’m glad you had a good match, very good performance. It was hard to stay in every moment of the game. In the end, for me it’s a great win and I’m glad as was able to play in the end.
In the second set, I gave Kerber the chance to return to the game, because I don’t know why.
There is a psychological factor, and it is always important in any match. Today, I think Kerber played better than in our meeting in Beijing. Yes, there were UPS and downs each of us, but overall, the level of tennis was higher. It was an entertaining match, there were many difficult moments, which makes this victory so special.
These games, including how with Serena at the Olympics, they help. But will benefit only in the event if you think back to this match and analyze what was right and what worked, reviewing the video. If you just let them go, then in these victories made no sense at all. Sometimes even defeat can be useful in this sense, you can understand what they are doing right, and where you make mistakes.
I play very well in defense, that’s what I already knew. I can win some matches, remaining more time in the defense, and then go on the attack. So I mainly play. Some people say that I don’t have enough aggressive tennis, so I don’t deserve to be where I am now. But this is my game. Of course, it would be great to be a little more aggressive. But I’m so glad I have my own style of play, and I don’t just throw balls.
Today I will try to analyze what I did right and then think of a plan for the game against Pliskova. This is the first semi-final of the season and always a pleasure to go to court and see what I can do.
Second round to Shelby Rogers was very difficult, so these matches that I have spent in Brisbane, proving to me that I have character and I can fight for every ball.