The strongest tennis player of Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in a major clay tournament in Rome in brilliant style dealt with the third racket of the world of Karolina Pliskova.
To break into the semi-finals of the WTA Premier 5, Svitolina needed to overcome the complex Pliskova, which is five times beat the Ukrainian, and only in two matches has enabled her to win the set.
In the opening match, Pliskova only vaguely resembled the player in the top 3 than Svitolina could not use it. With two breaks in Ukrainian led 4:0, and its winning streak taking into account last match against Mona Barthel has reached 16 games. Pliskova in the fifth game did one back break, but no chance of a comeback the Czech was not.
Second set Svitolina started with a break, but this time, Pliskova came back into the game and seized the initiative. Carolina in the ninth game came to serve for the set Svitolina so easy were not going to surrender and returned his serve. The fate of the second game was decided on a tie-break – and once again, the Ukrainian showed great composure, played the three set-Bola. Earning second match-point, Svitolina very timely complied with a sharp pitch, which Pliskova failed.
Next opponent Elina Svitolina will be the winner of the match between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams. Meanwhile, Ukrainian virtual returned to the top 10 of the WTA rankings and in the title race jumped to the second line.
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 8) – Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 2) – 6:2, 7:6
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