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Italian Open: Simona Halep beats Maria Sharapova to succeed in ultimate

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Italian Open: Simona Halep beats Maria Sharapova to succeed in ultimate

Simona Halep reached her first ultimate since her defeat by Caroline Wozniacki on the Australian Open

World primary Simona Halep battled previous Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-Four to arrange a repeat of final 12 months’s Italian Open ultimate in opposition to defending champion Elina Svitolina.

Halep, whose solely different title this 12 months got here in January, fell behind after an error-strewn first set by which there have been 9 breaks of serve in whole.

The Romanian bounced again to seal victory in two and a half hours.

Earlier, world quantity 4 Svitolina overcame Anett Kontaveit 6-Four 6-3.

“I am very happy with myself already that I reached the ultimate,” mentioned the 23-year-old Ukrainian, who’s aiming to win her third title of the 12 months.

“You recognize, it was actually powerful from the primary match. I work for these type of matches, I work on it each day. When my opponent tries to hit all the pieces, I’ve a solution.”

Within the second semi-final, there have been six breaks of serve earlier than Sharapova held to take a 4-Three lead within the opening set. Two extra breaks for each gamers adopted earlier than the 31-year-old Russian broke once more to say the benefit within the match.

However Halep, following courtside recommendation from her coach Darren Cahill, fought again to take the second set. And with momentum behind her she clinched victory by changing the primary of two match factors when Sharapova’s forehand discovered the online.

Maria Sharapova is about to be seeded for the French Open later this month

BBC Sport – Tennis
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