Italian Open: Iga Swiatek Crushes Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 To Clinch Women's Singles Title
19-year-old Polish teenager and reigning French Open champion, Iga Swiatek crushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open on May 16.
- The reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek won in just 45 minutes
- This was 19-year-old Polish teenager Iga Swiatek's her third WTA title
- Karolina Pliskova retired injured in 2020 final to Romania's Simona Halep
Polish teenager Iga Swiatekcrushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open on Sunday. The 19-year-old reigning French Open champion took just 45 minutes to dispatch the 2019 Rome winner two weeks before she opens her title defence in Roland Garros. Swiatek, ranked 15, claimed her third WTA title having followed her Roland Garros success with a win in Adelaide in January. "I'm really, really happy," said an emotional Swiatek. "I'm overwhelmed, at the beginning of this tournament I would not have dreamed of winning it," Swiatek added.
Swiatek swept through the first set in just 20 minutes, with Pliskova winning just four points.
Pliskova tried to fight back in the third game of the second set, holding a double break to go 2-1, but the Polish player ruthlessly snuffed out any return.
"I will just quickly forget about today," said Pliskova, the world number nine, who was playing in her third consecutive Rome final.
The former world number one retired injured in last year's final to Romania's Simona Halep.
"I've had some great matches here, in the past I did well," Pliskova added.