NEW YORK, March 6, 2018
Elina Svitolina is the winner of the fifth edition of the Tie Break Tens featuring an all-WTA lineup for the first time. On Monday evening at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the 23-year-old from Ukraine notched decisive wins over Venus Williams (10-3), CoCo Vandeweghe (10-0) and Zhang Shuai (10-3) to hoist the trophy in the iconic venue. Svitolina also pockets the $250,000 winner’s prize.
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“Playing here in Madison Square Garden with such amazing players was an incredible experience,” Svitolina said. “I’m really happy that I was playing great tennis from the start, and winning this is something very special.”
Tie Break Tens is an exhibition tournament where eight players compete in a knock-out format, with each match consisting of a super tie-break to ten points. The format first launched in 2015 when young Briton Kyle Edmund beat top-seeded Andy Murray in a gripping final at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Since then, three further tournaments have been staged in Madrid, Vienna and Melbourne with stars such as Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Johanna Konta all vying for huge winner-takes-all prizes.