Svitolina enjoys Dubai repeat

25 February 2018 04:34:09 EST

Elina Svitolina was delighted to have topped off an almost perfect week by completing the successful defence of her Dubai Duty Free Championship title.

The Ukrainian finished the job with a comprehensive 6-4 6-0 victory over Daria Kasatkina, becoming only the third player to retain the Dubai title - following in the footsteps of Justine Henin and Venus Williams.

At the end I'm very happy with how I played, with this whole week, actually.

Elina Svitolina

And Svitolina was pleased with the way the week had gone, telling reporters: "It's amazing, coming back to Dubai and playing as a defending champion was amazing.

"Coming here I didn't have any expectations and here I am holding this trophy again. Defending the title successfully feels great and I am very pleased with the performance throughout the week.

"When I had to play well, I played well at the important moments. I was serving good, returning well, getting lots of balls back.

"At the end I'm very happy with how I played, with this whole week, actually."

Svitolina also claimed the title at the Brisbane International earlier this year, before matching her best-ever showing by reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, where she was beaten by Elise Mertens.

Her next Grand Slam target in the French Open, where she has made the last eight in two of the last three years.

Svitolina can be backed at 13/2 to win the French Open this year, with Caroline Wozniacki available at 20/1 and 2016 Paris champion Garbine Muguruza priced at 11/1.

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