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Elina Svitolina earns Halep final in Rome as Murguruza withdraws during semi

Elina Svitolina allayed doubters who questioned her ability to perform in big events with an assured performance in Rome
Ascending Ukrainian, Elina Svitolina continues to underline her French Open 2017 credentials and takes a swipe at critics who say she does not turn up for big events by earning a spot in the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia against the rousing Romanian Simona Halep. The Ukrainian faced a potentially tricky match against Garbine Murguruza of Spain, who has been showing signs of returning to form. Svitolina makes a steady start and then takes control It was an even start to an initially edgy match, with the first three games going to serve - not always the course of events on clay, as Svitolina took a 2-1 lead in the fourth game. Svitolina used strength and guile to earn a break point in the fourth game. This put needed pressure on Murguruza, as the Spaniard produced an all too familiar unforced error - well familiar for this season anyway - as she suddenly trails 3-1. This spurred her into life and she raced to a 0-30 lead. Svitolina is nothing if not game, she upped her first...