Elina thumps Si­mona

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: Elina Svi­tolina won the women’s sin­gles at the Ital­ian Open fi­nal to claim her fourth ti­tle of the sea­son on Sun­day af­ter her op­po­nent Si­mona Halep sunk with­out trace in the fi­nal set.

Elina’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 vic­tory meant she added the Rome crown to the ones she took in Tai­wan, Dubai and Is­tan­bul.

Si­mona, who won in Madrid last week, took the first set and, al­though she rolled her right an­kle at one point, the Ro­ma­nian ap­peared to be coast­ing to­wards a win when she broke in the open­ing game of the sec­ond.

But Elina forced her way back into the match, as she hit back to take a 3-1 lead and held off sev­eral fight­backs from Si­mona to level the match in the 12th game.

Elina raced to a 5-0 lead in the fi­nal set be­fore com­plet­ing a Tour-lead­ing 31st match win this year. Reuters

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