Svitolina says he is on the right path to the glory of Slam

Brisbane, January 5 (AFP) Elina Svitolina believes that the progress she made in 2019 will help her achieve her ultimate goal of becoming the first Ukrainian woman to win a Grand Slam title in singles.

Speaking before the season opening of Brisbane International, the 25-year-old insisted that she was ready to take the next step after having promised so much in the past five years.

Svitolina has long been promoted as a future important champion, but despite reaching a world ranking of three in her career and winning 13 titles on the WTA tour, until 2019 she had never reached the semifinal stage in a Grand Slam

However, last year he reached the semifinals in both Wimbledon and the US Open and said this showed he was on the right track.

Making semifinals definitely brought me the belief that I could go one step further, he said.

I had the opportunity to play on the biggest stages and that gave me a lot of confidence in that particular point.

Svitolina had a mixed year in 2019. Although he also made the decision in the November WTA Finals, where he fell to world number one Ashleigh Barty, he also failed to win a title for the first time since 2012.

I think maybe 2019 was difficult because there were more sad moments, I would say. But also, it is difficult to really understand what is happening because the year is very long, he said.

You have to lose almost every week, so you have to take many positive aspects in some way, and that is, I think, what I learned from last year, that you should stay really positive even in bad times and try to move on.

Svitolina has brought Marcos Baghdatis, the former number eight of the men, to his team of coaches to help Andrew Bettles in an attempt to give his game an extra dimension.

As a former player, he sees the game from his point and it is something different that I was looking to add to my game, Svitolina said.

Surely we have improved greatly with Andy in recent years. I've been working with him and he knows me very, very well.

(But) for me it is important to add the little things that can improve my game and that is what I am looking for. Svitolina, who won the Brisbane title in 2018, will open her 2020 campaign against American Danielle Collins. AFP SSC SSC

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