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Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Sara Errani from Italy returns the ball to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the a semi-final match of the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. Errani won 6-4, 6-4.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):

Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.

The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.

The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.

Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.

"It was really tough," said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. "Every point, every game was really long. It's unbelievable for me to be playing in another final".

Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.