Iga Swiatek won the third title of her career – and her first WTA 1000 title – at the Rome Open in style, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in Sunday’s final. The Pole, seeded 15th, wrapped up the match in merely 45 minutes, handing the 2019 champion one of the worst defeats of her career.
The 2020 French Open champion was untroubled throughout the match and lost just 13 points to the Czech, who looked quite lackadaisical on the other side of the net. Of these points that Pliskova won, four came in the first while the rest came in the second set. In comparison, Swiatek finished with 51 points. The teenager finished the match with 17 winners and five unforced errors.
Rome Open: The culmination of Iga Swiatek’s magnificent week
“You know, I’m really happy. I’m overwhelmed. At the beginning of this tournament, I wouldn’t even dream of winning. It was super tough, we had to fight a lot of stuff,” Swiatek said in her post-match speech on-court. Earlier, in the third round, Swiatek had had to save a couple of match points against another Czech player, Barbora Krejcikova.
On her part, Pliskova gave credit to Swiatek, in her speech. She said, “I think Iga was playing great tennis today and all the week. Congratulations to her and her team. ‘You have days like this in tennis where things are not going your way. That was the day today I still tried but it was just not working for me. I will just quickly forget about today. ‘I had some great matches here. Final is always a great week, great tournament.”
This was Pliskova’s third consecutive final in the Italian capital. Last year, Simona Halep had defeated her in the final.
Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek’s triumph at the Rome Open means that she will break into the top-10 of the WTA ranking on Monday, 17th May. Swiatek will be ranked ninth in the world.