Maria Sharapova sets up Carla Suarez Navarro final in Rome

Maria Sharapova beats Daria Gavrilova in straight sets to book her place in the Italian Open final in Rome

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Maria Sharapova in action in the Italian capital Photo: Marianne Bevis

Maria Sharapova will face Carla Suarez Navarro in the final of the Italian Open on Sunday after beating Daria Gavrilova in straight sets.

The Russian overcame her compatriot 7-5 6-3 to secure her spot in the showpiece in Rome against the Spaniard.

Suarez Navarro earlier upset second seed Simona Halep to win 2-6 6-3 7-5 in two hours and 29 minutes in the Italian capital and be the first name to book her place in the final.

“It was really tough,” said Navarro after her win. “I know that we are breaking all the time the serve but we both returned really good.

“We were playing really good tennis, it was tough for me and tough for Simona but I’m happy.

“I was practicing really hard during the whole season, maybe that’s why I feel also with more confidence. I try to play more aggressive, this is important to play with the best players.”

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