M
SM

Australian Open

Result: Svitolina advances to third round – but stumped over Monfils relationship quiz

PA | 3mo
Monfils was spotted in Svitolina's player box during her second-round victory at Melbourne Park.

Elina Svitolina was in her comfort zone in moving through to the third round of the Australian Open – but less so when her relationship with fellow player Gael Monfils was made public.

Monfils was spotted in Svitolina's player box during her 6-4 6-1 victory over Viktoria Kuzmova in the second round, leading to an awkward moment when she was asked about it during her on-court interview.

"I didn't really expect to be asked that because I just finished my match," said the sixth-seeded Ukrainian. "We are here for tennis so that's why it was a bit strange."

Svitolina, who previously dated England cricketer Reece Topley, added of the relationship: "He's there for me, he's supporting me, and I'm there for him as well. He understands, I understand, what we're going through. It's great."

Things were not great on court for Svitolina for much of 2018 until the final week of the year, when she defeated five top-10 opponents to win the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals.

For a player who has struggled to produce her best at the grand slams, it was a timely reminder of what she can achieve.

Svitolina said: "I found my mindset, what I have to find every match, the way I have to act, the way I have to be on a court.

"It's not easy but to be a top player, to be consistently good, you have to always be at the top of your game and that showed me at the WTA Finals that I can do that. I'm always going to try to find this zone where I'm playing my great tennis and I'm there."

For all the talk of the unpredictability of the women's game, the story of the tournament so far has been the top players dominating, and it was the same on Thursday.

Of the first eight matches, all were won by seeds, with Karolina Pliskova and Anastasija Sevastova the only ones to drop a set – the latter doing well to fight off the challenge of exciting Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.



amp_article_347035 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2019-01-17 08:09:31:
html db last update - 2019-03-06 10:21:44 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html
Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool34267177205785
2Manchester CityMan City33272486226483
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs332211064343067
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd33197763441964
7Leicester CityLeicester34145154645147
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford33137134748-146
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace34116174046-639
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3396183253-2133
18Cardiff CityCardiff3494213063-3331
RFulham3455243276-4420
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3435261967-4814
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool34267177205785
2Manchester CityMan City33272486226483
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs332211064343067
4Arsenal33206766402666
5Chelsea34206857362166
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd33197763441964
7Leicester CityLeicester34145154645147
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford33137134748-146
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace34116174046-639
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3396183253-2133
18Cardiff CityCardiff3494213063-3331
RFulham3455243276-4420
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3435261967-4814
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.