Svitolina Has Been Hitting With Justine Henin

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Elina Svitolina Tennis News

The up-and-comer Elina Svitolina had a solid season and she is currently ranked No. 19, but she wants to go much higher.

According to Sports 360, the Ukrainian has been working under the former No.1 Justine Henin at Abu Dhabi.  Henin won seven Grand Slam events. While Henin wasn’t very tall or super strong, she was very quick and extremely smart. The now 33-year-old Henin changed up her strategy, and when she was ready to hit the lines, she was ready to go for it.

However, while Svitolina has been working with Henin, she is primary coached by the British coach Iain Hughes.

“She (Henin) has been here with me, we’ve been practicing a little bit but we’ll see about our partnership for 2016. A bit later we’ll know about it,” Svitolina said. “Yes (it’s like a trial). Iain is here, we’ll be traveling everywhere together. It’s great. I have a big team. Of course sometimes I need to change like sparring partners and fitness coaches. But everyone has their own job and we’re doing a good job I think and we’re looking forward to 2016.”

Svitolina reached the 2015 French Open quarterfinal, won Morocco, and reached Brisbane, Stanford and Cincinnati late rounds. However she didn’t play well in the fall, so perhaps she knows that she has to add to her game. The 21 year old could be able to work with both Henin and Hughes at the same time.

“It’s good to have something fresh but still I’ve been working a lot with my coach (Iain) and he’s brought a lot to my game,” she said. “So we will see how it will go with Justine. Of course it’s going to be an amazing opportunity because she’s such a great champion. I have a good team and I think some little bits will help me improve more.”

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