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Elina Svitolina retains Italian Open title with straight sets win over Simona Halep

- • Ukrainian wins 6-0, 6-4 in Rome in just 67 minutes• Halep hampered by injury for second successive yearElina Svitolina faced little resistance from Simona Halep in a 6-0, 6-4 win on Sunday to defend her Italian Open like in last year's final, Halep appeared bothered by an injury. The Romanian called a trainer onto the court for an apparent back problem while trailing 2-3 in the second set t...

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- Elina Svitolina has done it again as the Ukrainian has successfully defended her Italian Open title. The fourth seed, who beat Anett Kontaveit in the semi-final, went quietly about her business in Rome this week and she capped it off on Sunday by beating top seed Simona Halep in the final. Svitolina was never troubled as she blew the world No 1 away 6-0, 6-4 in just over an hour to win her third W...

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- He arrived in Rome “not really expecting anything”, but Novak Djokovic is leaving the Italian capital a “very pleased” man. The 12-time Grand Slam winner has struggled for form since returning to action after a small surgical procedure on his troublesome elbow in late January. However, there were signs of his best form at the Italian Open where he beat Kei Nishikori en route to reaching th...

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- We all know that tennis and temper tantrums go hand in hand. As Karolina Pliskova showed, sometimes it's got to all come out in an act of physical fury. Tim Ellis looks at 10 other moments when tennis stars "hotel trashed" equipment, their opponent, the umpire or even themselves… 10. Koubek and Koellerer square up In 2010, former top 20 star Stefan Koubek was disqualified after an on-court alter...

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- She may have fallen short of reaching the final, but Maria Sharapova certainly took “a step in the right direction” at the Italian Open. After reaching the third round of the Australian Open at the start of the year, Sharapova suffered three consecutive first-round losses and arrived in Madrid last week low on confidence. However, she reached the quarter-final in the Spanish capital and then c...

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- Alexander Zverev remains on course to retain his Italian Open crown after reaching the final with a two-set win over Marin Cilic. The defending champion edged two tight sets against Cilic in the semi-final, winning 7-6, (15-13), 7-5 in just over two hours to set up a final date against seven-time Rome winner Rafael Nadal. 13 consecutive wins, and 30 for the season! Alexander Zverev storms into t...

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Tennis news from Sunday, May 20, 2018

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