Iga Swiatek advanced to the Italian Open final after beating Aryna Sabalenka.© AFP
Iga Swiatek advanced to the final of the Italian Open on Saturday after beating Aryna Sabalenka in a straight set 6-2, 6-1 to put up one match from a fifth straight win. World number one Swiatek beat Sabalenka in an hour, 16 minutes in Rome to clinch her 27th victory with a rebound, the last number reached by Serena Williams in 2015. Pole Swiatek is the defending champion in Rome and an option for the French Open next month, facts which is outlined by the way he deals with his opponents.
World number eight Sabalenka is a two -time doubles Grand Slam winner and has 10 career singles titles to his name but the gap on display at the Foro Italico is larger than the rankings suggest.
The Belarusian, who had to take time to massage his back while trailing 4-1 in the second set, only won two of his serve games and could not keep up with Swiatek’s busy style.
Swiatek is now awaiting the winner of another semi -final between Ons Jabeur and unseeded Daria Kasatkina.
Ninth seed Jabeur made history last weekend with a win in Madrid to become the first Arab or African player to win the WTA 1000 title.
The Tunisian was in the last four after a remarkable match in a quarter -final win over Maria Sakkari on Friday.
One set behind and trailing 5-2 in the second set, Jabeur clogged up eight games in a row to take the lead in the match, an advantage he never missed.
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