17.05.2018
Elina defeated the World No. 13 Daria Kasatkina in the third round of the Premier 5 tournament in Rome: 0-6 6-3 6-2. Having lost the first set in only 21 minutes, Elina pulled together and won three break-points in each of the following sets. Moreover, Kasatkina had a 2-1 lead with a break in the decisive set, but Elina won five games in a row and sealed her fourth victory over the Russian in four matches they have already played. 

Her next opponent in the quarterfinal is a former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber who is currently No. 12 in the WTA ranking. It will be the thirteenth match between the players. Elina has won seven and has a winning streak of five matches against Kerber. This year Elina has already defeated the German in the semi-final of Dubai.