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Elina Svitolina retains Italian Open title with straight sets win over Simona Halep

• Ukrainian wins 6-0, 6-4 in Rome in just 67 minutes
• Halep hampered by injury for second successive year

On an otherwise perfect day, the world No1 Simona Halep collapsed spectacularly in her rematch with Elina Svitolina to gift the Ukrainian a second Italian Open title.

It took the fourth seed just over an hour to dispose of her wounded foe, 6-0, 6-4, her fourth win over Halep in six meetings. Last year, they battled for more than two hours and three sets in the final, before Svitolina overpowered Halep in the third set. This time the one-way traffic started early.

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