Drama in Elina Svitolina’s personal life has been compounded by on-court woes as the tennis star struggles to show the type of form expected of a world No. 5.
The top seed crashed to a “disappointing” 2-6 6-4 6-1 defeat to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the opening round of the Dubai Championships as she suffered her second early exit since losing in the round of 16 at the Australian Open.
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Svitolina announced during the year’s first grand slam she and fellow tennis star Gael Monfils were splitting up after the pair realised it was “time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible”.
The Ukrainian was gutted when she lost unexpectedly to unseeded American Jessica Pegula at Melbourne Park, then…