Italian Open | Swiatek ‘double bagels’ Pliskova


Polish teenager Iga Swiatek crushed 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 simply 45 minutes to ‘double bagel’ the 2019 Rome winner two weeks earlier than she opens her title defence in Roland Garros.

Swiatek, ranked 15, claimed her third WTA title having adopted her Roland Garros success with a win in Adelaide in January.


“I’m actually, actually joyful,” stated an emotional Swiatek. “I’m overwhelmed, in the beginning of this match I’d not have dreamed of profitable it.”

Swiatek swept by the primary set in simply 20 minutes, with Pliskova profitable simply 4 factors.

Pliskova tried to combat again within the third sport of the second set, holding a double break to go 2-1, however the Polish participant ruthlessly snuffed out any return.

“I’ll simply rapidly neglect about right now,” stated Pliskova, the World No. 9, who was taking part in in her third consecutive Rome remaining. The previous World No. 1 retired injured in final yr’s remaining to Romania’s Simona Halep.

“I’ve had some nice matches right here, prior to now I did properly.”

Djokovic makes it

In the meantime on Saturday, defending champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic battled previous Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 to arrange a conflict with nine-time winner Rafael Nadal for the sixth time within the Italian Open remaining.

Djokovic had two match factors within the twelfth sport of the second set of his semifinal earlier than Sonego pressured a 3rd set to the delight of the house crowd within the Foro Italico.

The Serb saved three break factors within the first sport of the third set, getting back from 0-40 earlier than powering in direction of his eleventh Rome remaining.

“I feel I bounced again very properly after the second set and 0-40, possibly if he began with a break up within the third it might be totally different,” stated Djokovic.

“I’ve solely myself responsible for not closing the match within the second set, I may have and may have.”

The outcomes: Girls: Last: Iga Swiatek bt Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0.

Males: Semifinal: Novak Djokovic bt Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2.


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