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Svitolina survives at Birmingham Classic

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Elena Svitolina, who came within two wins of becoming world No. 1 in January, maintained her ambitious momentum to reach the top by surviving a tricky start to her Wimbledon build-up on Tuesday.

The second-seeded Svitolina stumbled within sight of a two-set victory, and briefly faltered again in the last set before beating Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Svitolina showed glimpses of the tenacious movement and consistently ferocious drives which have earned her the best win-loss record on the WTA tour since the beginning of last year, but also revealed glimpses of insecurity on the lush, low-bouncing surface.

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1 R. Federer 8,920
2 R. Nadal 8,770
3 A. Zverev 5,965
4 J. Del Potro 5,080
5 G. Dimitrov 4,870
6 M. Cilic 4,860
7 D. Thiem 3,835
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2 C. Wozniacki 6,745
3 G. Muguruza 6,550
4 S. Stephens 5,463
5 E. Svitolina 5,205
6 C. Garcia 4,970
7 K. Pliskova 4,685
8 P. Kvitova 4,610
9 V. Williams 3,971
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