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Elina Svitolina Indian Wells 2021

‘It was the right time’ – Elina Svitolina announces significant career update

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Elina Svitolina has maintained a strong record on the WTA tour in 2021, now revealing a decision that could shift her trajectory.

The world number six currently holds a 41-20 win-loss record on the season. She has also added a 16th career title in 2021, coming at the WTA 250 Chicago Open in August.

Svitolina also secured a historic Olympic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, a first of any colour for Ukraine in the sport.

Now, the former world number three has announced that she has split with Andrey Bettles, her coach of five years.

“After 5 years and 11 titles together, Andy and I both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways,” the 27-year-old wrote on Twitter.

“I am very thankful for all his hard work and endless support. I wish him only the best in his future career!”

Svitolina’s career-high of world number three came while working with Bettles in late 2017. She has also maintained her position within the WTA top-10 during Bettles’ tenure. Svitolina has stayed inside the top-10 since 22nd May 2017.

Her best Slam results have also come during her time with Bettles. She has twice reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2018 and 2019 and equalled her 2015 quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros in 2017 and 2020.

In addition, she reached both the Wimbledon and US Open semi-finals in 2019.

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