Rome, May 16 (EFE).- Poland’s Iga Swiatek, ranked 15th in the world, won the Italian Open in Rome on Sunday with a perfect performance to crush Czech Karolina Pliskova, ranked number 9, 6-0, 6-0, in a final that lasted just 46 minutes.
Swiatek won the third title of her career, after Roland Garros 2020 and Adelaide 2021, and will join the ranks of WTA’s top ten players for the first time.
It is the first WTA 1000 title for the 19 year-old who played an unbeatable tennis in this final, with clear ideas, aggressiveness and concentration against a rival who could never get into the match.
Pliskova surrendered to Swiatek, who did not buckle under the pressure at all and who completed a magical run at the tournament which has seen her defeat the Americans Alison Riske, Madison Riske and Coco Gauff, the Czech Barbora Krejicikova and the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, a double champion on Roman clay.
In total, Pliskova only scored thirteen points against the solid Swiatek, who from Monday will be the 10th ranked player in the world.
The match was played in front of a small number of spectators on the center court of the Foro Italico, which also hosts the final of the Masters 1000 of the ATP circuit between Spain’s Rafa Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Sunday. EFE