Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 932 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-6(1), 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) 3-6 7-5 6-4, QF: Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-3, SF: Johanna KONTA (GBR)? -? ; Osaka, Japan, junior ITF, Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships 2018, Grade A, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Shoei MIZUGUCHI (JPN) 6-2 6-0, 2R: Ryuhei AZUMA (JPN) 2-6 2-6; Yerevan, Armenia, junior ITF, Autumn Cup, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1R, Oleksiy SHESTAKOV (UKR) - Eremey KOTSELYUK (RUS) 6-1 4-6 6-0, 2R: Nikita FIALTOV (RUS) 6-2 6-1, QF: Henadzi HRABAVETS (BLR) 3-6 6-2 6-1, SF: Matei Victor PALCAU (ROU)? -? ; Luxembourg, Luxembourg, WTA International, BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, 250 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Tatjana MARIA (GER) 6-2 7-5, 2R: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 4-6; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 6-7(3) 6-3 4-.

Moscow, Russia, WTA Premier, VTB Kremlin Cup, 932 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Lesia TSURENKO (UKR) 6-4 7-6(1), 2R: Alize CORNET (FRA) 3-6 7-5 6-4, QF: Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-3, SF: Johanna KONTA (GBR)? -? ; Osaka, Japan, junior ITF, Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships 2018, Grade A, hard, outdoor: 1R, Pavel SHUMEIKO (UKR) - Shoei MIZUGUCHI (JPN) 6-2 6-0, 2R: Ryuhei AZUMA (JPN) 2-6 2-6; Yerevan, Armenia, junior ITF, Autumn Cup, Grade 5, clay, outdoor: 1R, Oleksiy SHESTAKOV (UKR) - Eremey KOTSELYUK (RUS) 6-1 4-6 6-0, 2R: Nikita FIALTOV (RUS) 6-2 6-1, QF: Henadzi HRABAVETS (BLR) 3-6 6-2 6-1, SF: Matei Victor PALCAU (ROU)? -? ; Luxembourg, Luxembourg, WTA International, BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, 250 000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Anna BLINKOVA (RUS) - Tatjana MARIA (GER) 6-2 7-5, 2R: Julia GOERGES (GER) 1-6 4-6; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Dalila JAKUPOVIC (SLO) 6-7(3) 6-3 4-.

Elina Svitolina advanced to the semifinal at WTA Premier tournament in Japan

Ukrainian EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Elina Svitolina played couple of tournaments in Asia. She reached semi-final at USD 1 mil. Toray Pan Pacific Open. 

Elina Svitolina, WTA No. 20 is in good form on her Asian tour. Toray Pan Pacific Open is Premier category event with USD 1 mil. Prize money and is played on hard courts. Elina Svitolina beat American Vandeweghe, Russian Pavlyuchenkova and in quarterfinal number one seed Gabine Muguruza on her way to the semi-final. After 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over the Spaniard, Svitolina leads the head to head 3:2. 
Svitolina played semi-final against Japanese Naomi Osaka. Russian player lost against Osaka in Australian open Round 2 in two sets 4-6, 4-6. Unfortunately Osaka had the edge also this time, winning the tie 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. 
Elina Svitolina will move up the ranking onto the 18th position in WTA ranking. Her career best ranking remains world No. 14 from March this year. 

Results:
Tokyo, Japan, Toray Pan Pacific Open, WTA Premier, 1 000 000 USD, hard, outdoor:

Elina Svitolina (UKR) 
1R: CoCo VANDEWEGHE (USA) 6-3 6-4
2R: Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) [8] 7-6(5) 6-4 
QF: Garbine MUGURUZA (ESP) [1] 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
SF: Naomi OSAKA (JAP) 6-1 3-6 2-6

Photos by: 
Ivan Kopcani, www.empire-tennis-academy.com

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