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|Elina Svitolina poses with the Italian Open trophy after beating Simona Halep in the final in Rome yesterday. — Reuters ELINA Svitolina surged to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by winning the Italian Open yesterday with a 4-6 http://www.hockeygoldenknightsshop.com/authentic-pierre-edouard-bellemare-golden-knights-jersey/ , 7-5, 6-1 victory over Simona Halep.
It was a tour-best fourth title this year for Svitolina and the most prestigious trophy of her career so far. The 22-year-old Ukrainian also leads the tour with 31 match wins this season, putting her among the favorites for the French Open, which starts next Sunday.
“Every day I’m just trying to work on my mental part, my physical, my tennis,” Svitolina said. “Everything just came together and I’m very happy that it’s happened in such a big tournament.”
The fourth-ranked Halep was in full control and serving for the first set at 5-2 when she rolled her right ankle while sliding over what appeared to be a small hole in the Foro Italico stadium court.
While Halep was able to eventually win the opening set, she required treatment to her ankle from a trainer twice and was late getting to shots as the match wore on.
“Sorry guys for third set,” Halep told the crowd. “It was a little tough for me to get through but Elina played great.”
Halep was playing in her second clay-court final in two weeks after winning the title in Madrid last Sunday.
Svitolina also required medical treatment from a trainer midway through the second set, for an apparent problem with her left leg.
“Hopefully we’ll recover, me and Simona, because we’re struggling a bit physically,” Svitolina said.
During the post-match presentation, Svitolina dropped the cover of the silver trophy on to the red claycourt, prompting her to say, “Oops.”
The first two sets featured long, nervous baseline rallies in which both players waited for their opponent to commit errors.
“It was very tough first two sets and I’m really happy that it’s all finished,” Svitolina said.
Svitolina advanced to her maiden Rome final on Saturday when Spanish semifinal opponent Garbine Muguruza, the French Open champion, retired injured as she trailed 1-4 to the big-hitting Ukrainian. Muguruza now faces an uphill task to be ready for Roland Garros.
But Svitolina, who ousted Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals, showed she was fully deserving of her spot, overcoming Halep, the sixth-seeded Romanian.
In the men’s final, four-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia was facing 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev.
CANBERRA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Australian holidaymakers have on Sunday been reassured that flights in and out of popular holiday destination of Indonesia's Bali will not be affected by the imminent eruption of Gunung Agung, or Mount Agung volcano.
Thousands of locals have been evacuated from villages surrounding the volcano, prompting fears of flight cancelations. But in a number of press releases published on Sunday, Australia's major airlines have said that as the situation currently stands, flights in and out of Bali will not be affected.
There are up to 22 flights leaving Bali for Australian cities every day, ferrying thousands of visitors, but budget airline Jetstar has said that all of its flights were operating as scheduled - but could change if conditions worsen.
"Our pilots and meteorologists will continue to monitor the latest information from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre," a statement released on Sunday said.
Meanwhile Virgin Australia has said that some flights and routes might suffer delays as a result of the possible eruption, but admitted they were likely to be precautionary delays. Some Bali-bound flights are to stop over in the northern Australian city of Darwin in case of emergency.
"This ensures that if an eruption occurs while the aircraft is en route, we will be able to get guests back to their originating port safely and quickly," Virgin said.
The timing of the impending eruption is notable as Australian schools are currently in a holiday period - meaning many families are vacationing in the tropical tourism hot-spot.
Mount Agung, located north of the tourist town of Kuta, last erupted in 1963, killing 1,100 people.
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