Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title

Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title

She beat Simona Halep, who was attempting the rare Madrid-Rome double but suffered a rolled ankle near the end of the first set.

However, the Spaniard, who was seeded third, only managed to last five games and forfeited the contest when trailing 4-1 after struggling with an unspecified injury.

Garbine Muguruza flashed some impressive form ahead of her French Open title defense with a 6-2 3-6 6-2 win over Venus Williams on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.

Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title
Svitolina surges to No. 1 in race with Italian Open title

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina picks up the top of the trophy after winning during her final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Announcers on the beIN network, the official broadcast partner of the WTA tour, commented on Halep mentally going away, but the Romanian to her credit gave the Ukrainian problems in closing out the match, keeping the points short and slapping winners. However, considering her consistency and the state of the field, Svitolina has to be deemed one of the top choices at the French Open, behind Halep (if healthy) and past champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza.

The Romanian then relaxed and broke Bertens twice to ease into the 4-0 lead with another break taking her through to the final. "I want to say congrats to Simona, she played unbelievable tennis".

"It was very tough first two sets and I'm really happy that it's all finished", Svitolina said. "It's really tough to stop because of the rain but here we are, I'm in the final and it's really nice". "I played very poor today". "I am still a little bit shocked", Svitolina said. "I feel great and just want to keep playing and why not try to win this title". Live Streaming: No coverage. Live streaming: Sky Go.

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