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Elena Rybakina won the women’s singles title of Italian Open tennis tournament. Wimbledon champion Rybakina won the title after Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina retired early in the second set with a left thigh injury. This is his second singles title of the year and fifth of his career. The runner-up at the Australian Open became the first woman to win two WTA 1000 titles this year. Earlier, he had won the title in Indian Wells. Rybakina was leading 6-4, 1-0 when Kalinina decided to withdraw from the match due to injury.
ranking will increase
With this title win, Rybakina’s ranking will also increase and she will join the top four players. She has a 19-2 record in WTA 1000 events this year. In the Open era, apart from Rybakina, the only players other than Monica Seles (in 1991) and Maria Sharapova (2012) have reached the finals of the Australian Open as well as the finals of Indian Wells, Miami and Rome events in a single season.
Holger Rune will face Daniil Medvedev in the men’s final on Sunday. The 20-year-old Rooney came from behind to beat Caspar Ruud 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals, while Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-5. Saturday’s matches were affected by rain.