Elina defeated the German Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinal of the Premier 5 tournament in Rome: 6-4 6-4. 

Elina was 2-4 down in the opening set but won four games in a row scoring 14 winners. As for the second set, Elina won three break-points, lost two service games and scored 15 more winners. Elina served for the match in the tenth game and sealed her eighth overall and sixth in a row victory over Angelique Kerber. It was the thirteenth match between the players.

Elina's last opponent on the way to the final will be the winner of the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Anett Kontaveit.