Elina Svitolina eased through the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final against Simona Halep to win the Premier 5 title for the second year in a row.
The fourth-seeded Svitolina bageled Halep in the first set in just 19 minutes, winning 24 out of 32 points despite getting only 47% of her first serves in. In the second set, the top-seeded Halep managed to hold serve in the beginning, but Svitolina once again took a lead, 3-1. At 3-2 for Svitolina, Halep took an off-court medical timeout, but when play resumed the Ukrainian continued to hold on to her lead and comfortably won the final 6-0 6-4. Halep never even earned a break point in the match, even though there were moments when she threatened Svitolina, especially early in the second set.
After a first-round bye, Svitolina defeated Petra Martic in the second round, seed No.14 Daria Kasatkina in the third round, seed No.1 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, Anett Kontaveit in the semifinals, and eventually the world No.1 Halep. Svitolina has now won her fourth Premier 5 title and improved to 12-2 in WTA finals, having won eight straight WTA finals!
Svitolina’s winning apparel: the white Nike Summer Slam Tank and black Nike Summer Pure Flouncy Skirt.