Nothing a cup of tea can't fix
Credit to a bitterly disappointed Svitolina for being able to put her crushing 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Argentine qualifier Podoroska in perspective.
The third-seeded Ukrainian had been the highest seed left in the draw and had been hoping to go all the way after quarter-final appearances in 2015 and 2017.
“Of course I'm sad because I put lots of work into it, lots of time, it's disappointing,” Svitolina said in a news conference. “But I think it's important just to try to analyse, try to take positives out of the matches that I won here and Strasbourg, as well.
“So it's life. There is bad days. We are learning from those kind of moments when it's really tough. It makes you stronger, makes you even better as a person and you have to just analyse and grow from it.
"You have to try to find something positive. There is always something bad in life, but you have to try (to find a way to smile)... maybe a good cup of tea will make you smile."
Svitolina is already looking ahead to 2021.
“I had the opportunity but it didn't happen, and right now it's for sure upsetting, but in the end life continues,” she said. “There is a new season coming up.”