TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan
Elina Svitolina is through to her first final of 2017 after a comfortable straight sets win over Mandy minella at the Taiwan Open, 6-3, 6-2.
Svitolina found herself under pressure at the onset, with Minella drawing first blood and breaking Svitolina after a rollercoaster game for a 3-1 lead. But Ukraine's No.1 didn't let her keep the lead for very long.
"I was trying to be aggressive on the return, because she has a big serve," Svitolina said in post-match press. "I wanted to put more pressure on her, and I think this worked really well. She had a good start, but I was fine with it. I was just focusing on my strategy. I stayed quite solid."