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Svitolina beats Kontaveit to return to Italian Open final

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 name protection in her profession, Svitolina will face both top-ranked Simona Halep or three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova in Sunday’s championship fit at the purple clay of the Foro Italico.

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

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

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

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

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

That is the remaining primary warmup sooner than the French Open begins subsequent weekend.

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