Elina Svitolina from Ukraine wins her first Internazionali BNL d’Italia title
Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina fought back from a set down to stun Simona Halep 46 76 61 and win her first Internazionali BNL d’Italia title at the Foro Italico in Rome on Sunday, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“In a compelling final which was full of twists and turns, it was Svitolina who was able to put a slow start behind her and get across the finish line first, eventually prevailing in two hours and seven minutes to win her fourth title of the year. Halep started strongly but as the match progressed she began to be hampered by an ankle injury which occurred in the opening set and was unable to maintain her level,” internazionalibnlditalia.com said.
The Ukrainian was off the pace early in the opening set, struggling to stay in the long baseline rallies and committing too many errors. She found herself 5-2 down before a timely chat with her coach, who encouraged her to step in and take control of the rallies, helped to focus her mind.
Svitolina promptly recovered one of the breaks to close the gap to 5-4 although she was unable to prevent Halep from serving it out at the second time of asking, despite the Romanian having rolled her ankle towards the end of the set.
“The momentum stayed with Svitolina in the third set as she raced to a 5-0 lead as Halep’s movement deteriorated and she struggled to make balls. Some serve and volleying in the sixth game helped the Romanian avoid a final set bagel but she couldn’t stop Svitolina from serving out the match and claiming the title,” the official website wrote.
Ukraine’s parliament mulling over visas with Russia – MP
First Deputy Chairman of the People’s Front parliamentary faction Andriy Teteruk says the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, is currently evaluating how many votes could be gathered for the introduction of a visa regime with Russia, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“In my opinion, the next strategic issue that should be addressed by the parliament right after Ukraine’s [EU] visa-free travel is the introduction of a visa regime with the Russian Federation … The introduction of visas will be an adequate response by the Ukrainian authorities to all the aggression seen in past years,” he said to Channel 112 Ukraine.
According to him, explanatory work on this issue is under way in parliament.
“And everything is being done to achieve this. You’ve got it right – they want to see predictions and the number of votes from lawmakers who are ready to vote for this. Explanatory work is under way. We must take this responsible step and introduce a visa regime with the Russian Federation,” he stressed.
On December 22, 2016 Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, announced preparations for the introduction of a visa regime with Russia. On December 30, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy said he hoped that the parliament would be able to come to an agreement on the introduction of visas with Russia from 2017.