Svitolina soars past Halep to win Italian Open

Elina Svitolina forced her way past Simona Halep in the final of the Italian Open to register her fourth victory of 2017.

Svitolina came back from a set down to win the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Halep will rue the fact that she rolled her ankle at the end of the first stanza. The Romanian was not the same after the tumble.

 Svitolina sensed her opponent was in trouble and took the match by the scruff of the neck in the second.

She began to move Halep around the back of the court and by the time the decider started, there was only ever going to be one winner. Halep’s movement had become extremely limited and Svitolina was playing her best tennis of the match.

Speaking afterwards, the Ukranian could not hide her delight.

"Every single day, everyone is working very hard," Svitolina said.

"They are waiting for these kind of moments when there is a right moment and the right day.

"I think I can be proud of myself for handling the pressure, because I played some tough matches here.

“Today I needed to show that I am there and I want to win and I'm ready to do it."