“I’ve done something special,” says WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina

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Elina Svitolina celebrates with WTA Finals trophy
Elina Svitolina celebrates with WTA Finals trophy

WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina has spoken of her pride after becoming the first Ukrainian to win the coveted crown. 

The 24-year-old overcame a poor start to the match to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-2 6-2 in the final to capture the biggest win of her career to date and finish the year in the top four ranked players in the world.

“It’s amazing. I’m very, very pleased with my performance this week,”Svitolina told BT Sport. “I’m really thankful for my team.”

“There were definitely nerves, but I was just trying to fight for every ball and I think that is what made the difference in the end. I refused to give away free points.”

“It’s normal to be nervous at the beginning and Sloane played amazing tennis. So I had to play my best tennis to win today.”

“I’m very pleased with my week here. I have proven a lot of things to myself that I can play well. This title definitely means a lot for me.”

“I’m very proud to represent the Ukraine and to do something special and historical, that’s that I’m training for, that’s what motivates me.”

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