19.05.2018
Elina defeated the Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the semi-final of the Premier 5 tournament in Rome: 6-4 6-3.  

Initially, Elina won the first break-point of the match and grasped a 2-0 lead in the opening set. However, the Estonian won three games in a row and left Elina behind. The Ukrainian pulled herself, won another three straight games and made a reserve which was enough for her to take the first set. 

The second set was marked by the complete control of Elina who won two more games on her opponent’s serve without giving the Estonian even a chance of winning a break-point. 

Elina’s last opponent on the way to the title will be the winner of the match between Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova. Moreover, the Romanian was the one whom Elina defeated in the Rome final last year.