The Ukrainian has been roared on by ardent support in the stands, she's competed with her heart on her sleeve. It all counts more than a Grand Slam for Svitolina.
"I think it's mixture of everything. Also, I think war made me stronger… I know that lots of people back in Ukraine watching. Just happy I could bring little happiness to people of Ukraine.
"Mentally I don't take difficult situations as like a disaster. There are worse things in life. I'm just more calmer," stated Svitolina, not taking anything for granted.
"I think also, because I'm just starting to play again, I have different pressures. Right now I just say to myself I think it's less years that I have in front than behind me. I have to go for it. I don't have time to lose anymore."
Svitolina will walk onto Centre Court with Marketa Vondrousova. She may edge a 3-2 head-to-head, but the Czech won their most recent clash in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics semi-finals.