Svitolina started with a victory at the tournament in Birmingham

Свитолина стартовала с победы  на турнире в Бирмингеме

Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina produced a difficult victory over the British Watson.

The fifth racket of the world Elina Svitolina is not easily passed the Briton Heather Watson in the first round of the grass tournament series Premier in Birmingham.

In a severe fight, which lasted more than two hours, Elina took the first set 6:2, lost the second 5:7 and still managed to break resistance of the rival in the third – 6:3.

It should be noted that grass is the most unloved coating Svitolina. Last season on this surface she won only one match in the first round of Wimbledon, and the tournament in Birmingham, she first time in her career passed the second round.

For the next round of the competition Elina will compete with the winner of the meeting between the Italian Kamila Georgie (102nd in the world) and Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva (65-I).

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