Saint-Petersburg, Russia, ITF Womens Circuit, Neva Cup 2017, $100,000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Anastasia GASANOVA (RUS) 6-0 6-0, 2R: Vitalia DIATCHENKO (RUS) 6-4 6-3, QF: Ysaline BONAVENTURE (BEL) 6-1 6-2, SF: Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 6-1 4-6 6-1, F: Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR) 6-3 6-2 FIRST TITLE OF THE YEAR!!!; Wuhan, China, WTA Premier 5, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 2 365 250 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Alison RISKE (USA) 6-1 2-6 6-3, 2R: Simona HALEP (ROU) ?-?; 1QR, Ons JABEUR (TUN) - Shanshan GUO (CHN) 6-1 6-0, Qualif. Final: Heather WATSON (GBR) 6-1 4-6 6-4, 1R: Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) 1-6 3-6; Tashkent, Uzbekistan, WTA International, Tashkent Open, $226 750, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 6-1 6-0, 2R: Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS) ?-?; Clermont-Ferrand, France, ITF Womens Circuit, ENGIE OPEN Clermont-Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Josephine BOUALEM (FRA) ?-?; Shenzen, China, ATP 250, SHENZEN OPEN, 731 680 USD, hard, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Marcelo MELO (BRA)/Alexander ZVEREV (GER) ?-?; Orleans, France, ATP challenger, OPEN D'ORLEANS, 127 000 euro, hard, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Johan BRUNSTROM (SWE) - Norbert GOMBOS (SVK)/Aldin SETKIC (BIH) ?-?; Brno, Czech Republic, ITF Womens Circuit, BTC Cup Brno 2017, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Barbora PALCATOVA (SVK) ?-?; Antalya, Turkey, ITF Futures, TENNIS ORGANISATION CUP, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Alexander ERLER (AUT) ?-?; Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Jeroen VANNESTE (BEL) ?-?.

Saint-Petersburg, Russia, ITF Womens Circuit, Neva Cup 2017, $100,000 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Anastasia GASANOVA (RUS) 6-0 6-0, 2R: Vitalia DIATCHENKO (RUS) 6-4 6-3, QF: Ysaline BONAVENTURE (BEL) 6-1 6-2, SF: Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 6-1 4-6 6-1, F: Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR) 6-3 6-2 FIRST TITLE OF THE YEAR!!!; Wuhan, China, WTA Premier 5, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 2 365 250 USD, hard, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Alison RISKE (USA) 6-1 2-6 6-3, 2R: Simona HALEP (ROU) ?-?; 1QR, Ons JABEUR (TUN) - Shanshan GUO (CHN) 6-1 6-0, Qualif. Final: Heather WATSON (GBR) 6-1 4-6 6-4, 1R: Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) 1-6 3-6; Tashkent, Uzbekistan, WTA International, Tashkent Open, $226 750, hard, outdoor: 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 6-1 6-0, 2R: Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS) ?-?; Clermont-Ferrand, France, ITF Womens Circuit, ENGIE OPEN Clermont-Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Belinda BENCIC (SUI) - Josephine BOUALEM (FRA) ?-?; Shenzen, China, ATP 250, SHENZEN OPEN, 731 680 USD, hard, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Hans PODLIPNIK (CHI)/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Marcelo MELO (BRA)/Alexander ZVEREV (GER) ?-?; Orleans, France, ATP challenger, OPEN D'ORLEANS, 127 000 euro, hard, outdoor: Doubles, 1R, Igor ZELENAY (SVK)/Johan BRUNSTROM (SWE) - Norbert GOMBOS (SVK)/Aldin SETKIC (BIH) ?-?; Brno, Czech Republic, ITF Womens Circuit, BTC Cup Brno 2017, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - Barbora PALCATOVA (SVK) ?-?; Antalya, Turkey, ITF Futures, TENNIS ORGANISATION CUP, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ken ONISHI (JPN) - Alexander ERLER (AUT) ?-?; Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Jeroen VANNESTE (BEL) ?-?.

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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