Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina won the final match of the WTA tournament that is considered an informal world championship. In the finals, the 24-year-old Ukrainian defeated American Sloane Stephens. She managed to pull herself together and to win it back after an unsuccessful start. Now Svitolina is considered to be the fourth according to WTA ranking. More about sports pride of Ukraine – in reactions from Opinion.
Elina Svitolina herself was rather restrained on her page. She thanked everyone for the support and added that she’s incredibly happy to finish the year with victory in WTA tournament.
More extensively on the victory of Ukrainian women was written on the page of the Tenis Federation, which emphasized that the best tennis player of Ukraine had got a very difficult victory in the finals. Though Sloane Stephens managed to “take” the first set, Elina managed to return the game in her favor.
The president also thanked the Ukrainian for the victory. He stressed that Elina was the first Ukrainian to win the finals of WTA tournament in Singapore. According to Petro Poroshenko, it was a truly historic victory.
The Ukrainian prime minister Volodymyr Groysman also joined the congratulations. He also emphasized that Svitolina became our first tennis player who was able to win this prestigious competition.
However, Groysman and Poroshenko were far from the only politicians who publicly congratulated Elina. For a moment it seemed that almost everybody – politicians, writers, athletes, bloggers, activists were writing about the victory of Svitolina on facebook. The Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov also conveyed his congratulations, stressing that Ukraine is proud of its champion.
However, the People’s Deputy and leader of the “Radical Party” Oleh Lyashko named Ukrainian tennis player number one an example of stability, hard work and will to win.
Lev Partskhaladze, a businessman and politician, also congratulated Elina Svitolina on her victory, stressing that the game was really difficult. However, the Ukrainian was able to win, thus she successfully finished this season.
Yulia Svitlychna, chairman of the Kharkiv regional state administration, recalled how in July she was talking to Elina about her decisive sports plans and future victories. As it turned out, the words really can transform into something material.
Writer and columnist of the portal Opinion Pavlo Korobchuk said that in one week the Ukrainian athlete managed to “take out” all the world’s top-notch tennis players, against whom she was playing. Thus, in one year Elina got to the 4th place in the world rating, but according to the writer, in fact, she is the strongest now.
The blogger Sergey Naumovich named the athlete a ray of sunshine in not-so-pleasant weather because among all the bad and terrible news we have such a present and a great mood. A come-from-behind victory adds joy and positive emotions: after losing the first set our tennis player pull herself together and changed a game.
A journalist Yevhen Budeeratsky expressed his conviction that the tournament in Singapore was a starting point for Elina. After all, if we recall what all kinds of “experts” were talking about on the eve, then Elina shouldn’t go there at all. However, everything turned out to be quite opposite, and for the whole tournament, Svitolina hadn’t lost a single match.
A journalist and editor-in-chief of the Internet portal “Censor.Net” Yuriy Butusov named the success of Elina one of the coolest victories in the history of Ukrainian sports.
The journalist and writer Andriy Tsapliyenko reminded that in the summer the athlete refused to take part in prestigious competitions in Moscow. The Russians were saying that the Ukrainian did not come there because she was in a bad shape and was afraid to lose. But today Svitolina is a sensation of the world championship. So, in order to be a champion and win, it’s not necessary to visit the occupier.
Reactions were collected and Elina was supported since his childhood by Stepan the Goat