Elina defeated the German Angelique Kerber in the semi-final: 6-3 6-3. 

Each player won her opponent’s serve in the first five games of the opening set. Finally, Elina managed to win the sixth game on her own serve and grasp the lead. That was enough for her to take the first set. Kerber opened the second set with a 2-1 lead but then Elina won four games in a row and sealed her victory in the ninth game on her own serve. 

This is Elina’s seventh victory over Kerber out of the twelve matches they have already played and the fifth consecutive. Moreover, last year Elina also beat Kerber in the semi-final of Dubai. 

Elina’s final opponent is the World No. 24 from Russia Daria Kasatkina. The players already met twice: in New-Haven (2016) and Toronto (2017). Elina won both previous matches.