The sixth racket of the world Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) beat the 20th racket of the world Elena Ostapenko (Latvia) in straight sets in the semifinal match of the WTA-1000 tournament in Rome. The score of the meeting is 6:2, 6:4.
In the first set, Rybakina took two games on the opponent’s serve and held the advantage until the end of the game. In the middle of the second set, the match was interrupted several times due to rain. For the first time this happened when the score was 4:1 in favor of Ostapenko, and the last pause was at 4:2 and 15:40 on her serve. After the game resumed, Rybakina made a break in the suspended game, and then won another game on Ostapenko’s serve. Thus, the athlete from Kazakhstan took five games in a row in the second set.
Ostapenko completed one more ace than Rybakina (7:6), but also made more doubles (5:2) and unforced errors (33:16).