The first racket of Ukraine Elina Svitolina of the tournament came in the top eight at the tournament in Rome Premier 5 with prize money of $3,351,720.
For the quarter-finals in Rome Svitolina competed with the 13-th racket of the world Daria Casadias, which were leading 3:0 in personal meetings, but on clay tennis players held the first intramural match.
The first set was one of the worst moments in his career Svitolina. Ukrainian for 22 minutes, lost six games in a row and won only seven points, the last three games Kasatkina took dry.
The second batch Svitolina started with a break, then for the first time in the match he defended his serve but Kasatkina quickly recovered with easily equalized. With the score 3:3 Ukrainian again took the game to the reception and completed the set in their favor.
In the deciding set Kasatkina first made the break, but Svitolina instantly returned his serve and soon went into the lead. Elina finally left behind 0:6 in the starting of the party and the class put the squeeze on the Russian.
Title defense in Rome Elina Svitolina will continue with a match against eks-the first racket of the world, Angelique Kerber, if the German in the third round beat the representative of Greece, Maria Zaccari.
Daria Kasatkina (Russia, 14) – Elina Svitolina (Ukraine, 4) – 6:0, 3:6, 2:6