On March 8, 2020, Elina Svitolina defeated Marie Bouzkova 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the title at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.
After breaking Svitolina’s serve immediately to start the match, Marie Bouzkova looked like the favorite to win on Sunday. But, Svitolina wasn’t going to let the 9th seed Bouzkova off that easy. Following each player holding their next service game, Svitolina got the break back to pull the opening set to 2-all. Then, the match held still for 7 games with each player holding their services in intense rallies. But, in the 12th game, Elina Svitolina proved her dominance by breaking Bouzkova to take the set 7-5.
In the second set, both players came ready to hold their ground, neither giving up a single service game until Bouzkova broke Svitolina to go up 4-3. Once she had her foot in the door, Bouzkova didn’t look back, holding her next two service games to take the second set, 6-4.
In the deciding set, the former Australian Open semifinalist, Svitolina was determined to win. Although she dropped a tough opening game to Bouzkova to go down 0-1, Svitolina clawed her way back into the match with 4 consecutive game wins, including 2 breaks and 2 holds, to go up 4-1. Finally, both players held through the 8th game where Bouzkova broke Svitolina to bring the set back on serve at 5-4. In the 10th game of the third set, Svitolina broke Bouzkova and won the championship.
This was Elina Svitolina’s 17th career WTA singles final and her 13th career WTA singles title. In her semifinals match, Svitolina defeated Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-1 in just over 50 minutes. She will look to continue her dominance at Indian Wells next week.
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