Rybakina Wins Italian Open; Medvedev to Face Rune in Final

published: May, 20, 2023

by: Nima Naderi

Internazionali BNL d’Italia—Rome, Italy

In a late night finish due to rain throughout the day, No. 7 seed Elena Rybakina won the BNL d’Italia title in Rome, Italy after No. 30 seed Anhelina Kalinina was forced to retire down 6-4, 1-0.

Rybakina, who is the reigning Wimbledon champion, has proved that she can be a force on any surface.

Kalinina, who was playing in her biggest career final, defeated Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin and Veronika Kudermetova earlier in the event.

On the men’s side, No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev continued his stellar streak on the ATP Tour on Saturday, defeating No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-5 to reach his sixth final of the season.

Enduring multiple rain delays and one hour and 47 minutes to advance, Medvedev will next face No. 7 seed Holger Rune in Sunday’s final.

Rune ousted No. 4 seed Casper Ruud 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.

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Medvedev and Rune have played once on Tour, with the 20-year-old winning earlier this year at the Rolex Monte Carlos Masters event in Monaco.

Final Result:

(7) Elena Rybakina Defeats (30) Anhelina Kalinina 64 10 ret.

Semifinal Results:

(3) Daniil Medvedev Defeatsn (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas 75 75
(7) Holger Rune Defeats (4) Casper Ruud 67(2) 64 62

Nima Naderi


Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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