Rome concluded on Sunday with a fourth title for Elina Svitolina in another three set finale on the WTA tour in 2017. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to the best points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points tournament summaries from 2016 and 2017 can be found HERE. Read on for the best bits from Rome…
Elina Svitolina won her fourth WTA title of 2017 and second Premier 5 tournament of the year, beating Simona Halep, 4-6 7-5 6-1 in Sunday’s Rome final. The final wasn’t a classic by any means with both players struggling physically – perhaps more concerning of the pair’s injuries was Halep’s ankle roll in the first set which looked nasty. I was surprised she was able to play on and she didn’t get it taped up until the end of the second set.
Playing more aggressively as the match wore on and dropping just three points behind her first serve in the deciding set, Svitolina ran away with the third set to secure her sixth top ten win of 2017. Svitolina is enjoying a great year and I can’t quite get my head around her being number one in the Race! I’m intrigued to see what she can do at Roland Garros – an outside contender for me. Halep ran out of steam today after a brutal two weeks but there are still many positives for her to take away. I’m a bit worried about the ankle…
Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis won the doubles title, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in Sunday’s final, 7-5 7-6(4).
I loved this snap from Dominika Cibukova’s Instagram page.
Daria Gavrilova reached the quarter-finals with three three set wins over Madison Keys, Caroline Garcia and Svetlana Kuznetsova; in the first and third round matches, Gavrilova came from a set down and then a break down in the decider to maintain her superb record in Rome. Gavrilova has reached at least the third round in her last three appearances, twice coming through as a qualifier and making a deep run in the main draw.
Quite a few stunners this week. Firstly, how did Venus get this back into play?!
Pinpoint perfection on the lob from Daria Gavrilova at a critical stage of her third round match against Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Gorgeous feel from Kiki Bertens to win her first point in Saturday’s semi-final against Simona Halep.
Daria needed the hug… Barbora was there!
Not really sportsmanship but I loved this moment between Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky before they played out their third round match.
Good stuff from Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Love the first line and so true!
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I’ll now be taking a much-needed break before Roland Garros. It will be good to follow RG this year as I was on holiday for most of it last year. I’m planning to cover all of the grass court season and i’ll be live from Eastbourne! 🙂