Serbia kept their title defence on track with victory against Italy in the semi-finals ©EuroVolley

World champions Serbia booked their place in the Women's European Volleyball Championship final with victory over Italy in Turkey.

Serbia cruised into a 2-0 lead before the Italians threatened a fight back by claiming the third set at Ankara Arena.

The defending champion regrouped to progress to the final with a 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 triumph.

The Serbians, who won the title two years ago by defeating the Netherlands, will take on hosts Turkey in the final.

Turkey, who finished third at the European Championship in Baku in 2017, held off a challenge from Poland challenge to reach the final.

The home side stormed into a 2-0 lead before Poland hit back by claiming the third set 25-14.

It was a brief reprieve for Poland, though, as Turkey raced through the fourth set to secure a 25-17, 25-16, 14-25, 25-18 victory.

Eda Erdem Dündar scored 19 points for Turkey, while Hande Baladin contributed 16 points in a dominant display.

Poland will face Italy in the bronze medal match tomorrow.