The first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina has not managed to overcome the stage of 1/8 final of the Kremlin Cup. In the first match of the tournament Ukrainka lost to Russian Veronica Kudermetova.
The match for both players was pretty ambiguous. Athletes played all three games, spending 2 hours. Half the time went to the third game.
In the first set the Russian has issued a double-break and won it 6:2. But in the second set Svitolina took the lead 3:0 in the sixth game once again designed the break and equalized in the match.
Unlike the first two, the third set was a rollercoaster. First, Svitolina was ahead 2:0, then Kudermetova was leading 4:3. It ended up that in the twelfth game when the score was 6:5 in favor of the Russians, Svitolina allowed the competitor on the first attempt to make the break and then win the match.
Elina Svitolina – Veronica Kudermetova 1:2 (2:6, 6:1, 5:7)
Therefore, the Kremlin Cup remained without Ukrainian players. Before that tournament took off Diane Yastremsky.