“War Made Me Mentally Good And Strong”- Elina Svitolina

As she comes face to face with Czech Marketa Vondrousova for a spot in the Wimbledon final, Elina Svitolina believes that the ongoing war in Ukraine has made her “stronger.”

Elina Svitolina accepts she is “mentally more grounded” and “more settled” because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and since getting back from maternity leave.

The 28-year-old brought forth her daughter in October 2022, and got back to the WTA tour in April.

Svitolina immovably accepts that those very various war factors really influence the manner in which she swings a racket and the manner in which she handles significant minutes on a tennis court.

Svitolina shocked world No 1 Iga Swiatek to reach at the semi-finals. In the wake of dazzling world No 1 Iga Swiatek 7-5 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 on Center Court on Tuesday, she said:

“War made me stronger and also made me mentally stronger. Mentally, I don’t take difficult situations as, like, a disaster, you know? There are worse things in life. I’m just more calmer.”

Svitolina was once positioned as high as No 3 and presently may be No 76 subsequent to getting some much needed rest to start a family with her husband, tennis player Gael Monfils.

She got a wild card entry from the All Britain Club to get into the field, only several months after stowing her most memorable WTA title since becoming a mother in Strasbourg and afterward reaching at the quarter-finals at the French Open.

For a spot in Saturday’s final, Svitolina will next play another unseeded player, 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova.

Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open next in line, beat fourth-seeded Jessica Pegula by winning the last five matches.

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The Czech 24-year-old believes she will be facing ‘super woman’ in the semi-finals on Thursday evening.

“I feel like it’s such a short time after a baby. She’s doing amazing things.

Svitolina added the win against Swiatek to those against seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round, 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin in the third, and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the fourth.

“It’s different right now,” said Svitolina. “Right now I just say to myself I think it’s less years that I have in front than behind me. I have to go for it. I don’t have time to lose anymore. I don’t know how many years I will be playing more.

“So just I try to tell myself, like, go for it. You practice for these moments, for these big moments. This really helped me and calmed me a little bit, as well.”

“I am just happy I could bring a little happiness to the people of Ukraine.”, she concluded.

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