Thu, 17 Jun 2021

WTA roundup: Iga Swiatek routs Karolina Pliskova in Rome final

Field Level Media
17 May 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

Polish teen Iga Swiatek needed just 46 minutes to crush Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Sunday in Rome.

Swiatek, the 19-year-old reigning French Open champion, gave up just 13 points in picking up the third title of her career and second this year (Adelaide in February).

"I'm really, really happy to win this tournament in Rome," said a beaming Swiatek afterward. "It's been a tough week, from the beginning, but I'm really happy I got through everything.

"I was super focused today, so I'm really proud of myself. And now, I finally earned some tiramisu."

The result ensures Swiatek will be ranked in the top 10 when new rankings are released this week.

It was the first double bagel of Swiatek's career and the first time the Italian Open final had been a shutout. It was just the fourth 6-0, 6-0 in a WTA Final since 2000 and the first at the WTA 1000 level since Steffi Graf blanked Natasha Zvereva in the 1988 French Open.

The match was also the shortest final since 2009, when Vera Dushevina defeated Lucie Hradecka 6-0, 6-1 in 42 minutes at the Istanbul Cup.

Pliskova, the No. 9 seed from the Czech Republic, was playing in the final of the clay-court championship in Rome for the third straight year. She won the title in 2019 and lost in 2020 to Romania's Simona Halep when Halep was forced to retire in the second set with a left thigh injury.

It was Pliskova's first time ever facing Swiatek, the No. 15 seed who had to win two matches Saturday to advance to Sunday's final.

While Swiatek was in top form from the start, Pliskova struggled with two double faults on both of her first two service games.

Pliskova held break points twice in the second set, but Swiatek answered the call each time.

Swiatek improves to 3-1 in finals appearances in the WTA. Including play in juniors (6-2) and ITF (7-0), Swiatek now holds an overall 16-3 record in finals.

Pliskova has only been shut out once before as a pro, losing to Anna Korzeniak in the 2009 Latina-Nascosa ITF $10K quarterfinals.

Parma Open

Fifth-seeded American Amanda Anisimova upended Jasmine Paolini of Italy 6-2, 6-1 in just 59 minutes in opening-round play in Parma, Italy.

In the day's other first-round action, No. 4 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia eliminated Su-wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3, and No. 6 seed Qiang Wang of China needed three sets to get past Misaki Doi of Japan 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

Serbia Open

Fifth-seeded Nadia Podoroska of Argentina held off a challenge from Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round in Belgrade, Serbia.

No. 4 Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain had an easier time with Andrea Petkovic of Germany in a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Mihaela Buzarnescu defeated Patricia Maria Tig 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in an all-Romanian clash, and Oceane Dodin of France beat Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5 to move on to the second round.

--Field Level Media

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