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Italian Open Semifinals LIVE: Ons Jabeur enters second consecutive WTA 1000 final, defeats Kasatkina in three sets

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Italian Open Semifinals LIVE: Ons Jabeur came out trumps in a nail-biting contest against Daria Kasatkina in the semifinal of the Italian Open by winning the match 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. With the victory, Jabeur entered her second consecutive WTA 1000 final. She will now meet World.No.1 Iga Swiatek in a blockbuster summit clash on Sunday. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates. 

Italian Open Semifinals LIVE: Ons Jabeur enters second consecutive WTA 1000 final, defeats Kasatkina in three sets

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Italian Open Semifinals LIVE: Ons Jabeur enters second consecutive WTA 1000 final, defeats Kasatkina in three sets

Last week’s Madrid champion Jabeur fired a forehand winner on the sideline to erase Kasatkina’s match point at 5-4 in the third set. Jabeur would go on to extend her career-best run to 11 straight match-wins with the 1-hour and 55-minute triumph.

After dropping their first two meetings, Jabeur has since won four in a row against Kasatkina, including their two clay-court showdowns which both came this season. Jabeur topped Kasatkina in straight sets on the indoor clay of Stuttgart last month.

The victory continues a brilliant season for Jabeur on the dirt. She has won 17 clay-court matches this season, which leads the tour. Jabeur is also the first player to reach three clay-court finals on tour in a single season since Simona Halep in 2017.

At 4-4 in the opener, Jabeur slammed a forehand winner to earn a crucial break and serve for the set. Jabeur was forced to save two break points in that game, but she held on, taking the one-set lead.

In the second set, Kasatkina broke Jabeur twice as she leveled the clash. In the third set, Jabeur broke Kasatkina for 4-2 with a forehand winner at the end of a long rally. However, Kasatkina surged back again to serve for the match at 5-4. Kasatkina looked set to win the contest as she was on match point. However, Jabeur hit a forehand winner to save the match point and then won another point to break Kasatkina  5-5  Jabeur then grabbed the last three games, completing her comeback with one final drop shot winner.

Italian Open Semifinals LIVE: Ons Jabeur enters second consecutive WTA 1000 final, defeats Kasatkina in three sets

 

 

 

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