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Swiatek to face Gauff in Italian Open last four

Two-time champion Iga Swiatek has eased into the Italian Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-3 win over 18th seed Madison Keys.

The quarter-final in Rome was a repeat of Swiatek's recent semi-final clash with America's Keys in Madrid, which ended with the same scoreline.

World No.1 Swiatek broke serve in the opening game, and while Keys won her next service game to love to make it 2-1, the Polish top-seed won the next four games to take the first set in 26 minutes.

Swiatek needed just one break in the second set, which gave her a 3-1 lead, and when the Pole saved four break points in the next game to hold serve, Keys' chance of a comeback ended.

"Honestly I felt really good today, even if I that knew one or two points could change everything," Swiatek said.

"I'm glad that I served well because I think when we were kind of even in the games sometimes, I could win two points just by serving.

"It's something that doesn't happen often in my game, so today was a good day in terms of that."

Swiatek, who will next play third seed Coco Gauff, is aiming to win her fourth title this year having already won the Qatar Open, Indian Wells and the Madrid Open.

Gauff beat Zheng Qinwen 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 in their quarter-final.

Four hundred kilometres north, at the WTA 125 event in Parma, Daria Saville made short work of Czech Anna Siskova, who replaced No.3 seed Ashlyn Krueger at short notice. The Australian No.1 won 6-1 6-2 in 54 minutes.

However, Astra Sharma lost despite taking the first set against India's Ankita Raina 3-6 4-6 6-1.

Ajla Tomljanovic wil play Mexico's Renata Zarazua in the last 16 on Wednesday.