Elina is through to her first semifinal on the italian clay after beating World No. 3 in two sets: 6-3 7-6(9). It's her first win over the Chezh on the WTA tour after losing in the pair's five previous matches. Elina finished the match with 19 winners to 21 unforced errors and saved 3 setpoints on the second set tiebreak, converting 5 of 7 breakpoints.

In her fifth WTA semifinal this year Elina will play with World No. 7 Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Earlier this season Elina has lost to Muguruza in the fourth round in Indian Wells, meanwhile, there is a tie between the pair in a head-to-head: 3-3.