ROME (AP) — Protecting champion Elina Svitolina returned to the Italian Open ultimate with a at ease 6-Four, 6-Three win over 26th-ranked Anna Kontaveit on Saturday.

Aiming for the 3rd identify protection in her occupation, Svitolina will face both top-ranked Simona Halep or three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova in Sunday’s championship fit at the crimson clay of the Foro Italico.

“I am pleased with the best way I treated nowadays beneath drive and all this week,” Svitolina mentioned. “I do know there may be one fit to move and I can give it my perfect shot the next day to come.”

The fourth-ranked Svitolina produced best 18 winners to Kontaveit’s 24 but additionally dedicated fewer unforced mistakes — 13 to 20 — in a fit that lasted 74 mins.

“I used to be truly cast with my efficiency and I used to be truly proud that I may just keep constant for all of the fit,” Svitolina mentioned.

Kontaveit, an Estonian, may just nonetheless be happy with per week that noticed her get rid of 4 established gamers: 12th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, 1999 champion Venus Williams and second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.

“She used to be truly tricky nowadays and performed nice,” Kontaveit mentioned. “So I am simply taking the positives from this week.”

Halep and Sharapova had been assembly afterward a heat day within the Italian capital, after Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume their contention.

Within the different males’s semifinal, it is protecting champion Alexander Zverev towards Marin Cilic.

In closing yr’s ultimate, Svitolina got here again to overcome Halep after the Romanian rolled her ankle.

That is the closing primary warmup prior to the French Open begins subsequent weekend.

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