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Svitolina jumps past Jakupovic in Guangzhou opener

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GUANGZHOU, China – Made to wait to kick off her Guangzhou International Women’s Open campaign by rain which held up the afternoon’s play, No.1 seed Elina Svitolina wasted no time once on court, coming from an early break down to post a 6-3, 6-3 win over lucky loser Dalila Jakupovic in one hour and nine minutes.

Making her debut in the Guangdong province’s capital, Svitolina served impeccably, winning 81% of the points behind her first delivery, and was sharp on important points as she reeled in an opponent who has seen her ranking slide out of the Top 100 this year.

Jakupovic came into the tournament having compiled just a 4-15 win-loss record in 2019 at WTA main draw level, and 11-29 overall – but, belying this slump, came blazing out of the gates. Sensing that Svitolina, who is coming off the US Open semifinals and Zhengzhou quarterfinals in preceding consecutive weeks, had yet to find her rhythm, Jakupovic fizzed a pair of forehand winners down the line en route to an immediate break and a 2-0 lead.

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