Svitolina successfully started title defense in Rome

Свитолина успешно начала защиту титула в Риме

The first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina has reached the third round of a major clay tournament in Rome Premier 5 with prize money of $3,351,720.

Svitolina in the status of the fourth-seeded miss the first round and the second round met with 36-th racket of the world from Croatia’s Petra Martic, who in the first round defeated Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. Svitolina on personal meetings he led 2:1 and was considered the undisputed favorite of the match.

In the first set Svitolina were almost perfect – she has made two breaks, played two break-point, organized 10 winnersof and made only five unforced errors.

In the second set Svitolina has maintained a high level of play and without problems put the squeeze on Martic. Ukrainka took another two games at the reception, and on his serve allowed the competitor to win only four goals.

Svitolina won her third victory of the season on clay and reached the 1/8 finals, where they will play the winner of the match between Daria Kasatkina (Russia, 14) and Danielle rose Collins (USA).

Next match Elina Svitolina in Rome will be held on Thursday, may 17.

Petra Martic (Croatia) – Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 4) – 1:6, 2:6

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