With her win at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Elina Svitolina is set to reach a new career-high ranking on Monday, and make a bit of Ukrainian tennis history, too.
WTA Staff

DUBAI, UAE - After securing the biggest title of her career at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday night, Elina Svitolina is set to receive an even bigger reward come Monday.

Svitolina will rise from World No.13 to a career-high No.10, making her the first Ukrainian player ever to break the WTA Top 10.

"I've dreamed for all my life to be in Top 10," Svitolina said after the final, where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. "It's a very amazing feeling to enter Top 10, and do it by winning the tournament! I'm very excited for the season and very excited I could win this tournament."

The Ukrainian came into the final in Dubai knowing a victory would clinch her Top 10 debut - and the 22-year-old didn't let the pressure of the occasion overwhelm her.

Elina Svitolina

"It's big relief that I could win this match, because I knew that if I win this match, I'm gonna be Top 10," Svitolina told press after the match.

"There was extra pressure. When I was warming up, added even more pressure because they announce it. It didn't help!"

Svitolina's milestone comes as no surprise for fans who've followed her career: she's fresh off a title at the Taiwan Open earlier in the season, and with back-to-back Fed Cup wins Svitolina is in the midst of a 12-match winning streak. Last season, Svitolina took home a title at Kuala Lumpur and reached the final at New Haven and the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.

Svitolina is the 120th player to make her Top 10 debut since the WTA Rankings were introduced on November 3, 1975.