Swiatek blanks Pliskova to win Rome title and break Top 10 – fr

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Swiatek blanks Pliskova to win Rome title and break Top 10 – fr


No.15 seed Iga Swiatek was in ruthless form as he beat No.9 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in just 46 minutes in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final .

Swiatek lost just 13 points overall – four in the first set and nine in the second – and faced just four match points against her. The Polish won her third career title after Roland Garros last fall and Adelaide in February, and the result ensures her to break the Top 10 for the first time on Monday.

It was Rome’s first double bagel to decide the title and the most one-sided Italian Open final since 1983, when Andrea Temesvari defeated Bonnie Gadusek 6-1, 6-0. The last double bagel in a WTA final was Simona Halep’s victory over Anastasija Sevastova in Bucharest 2016, and the last at level 1000 or higher was Natasha Zvereva’s rout by Stefanie Graf at Roland Garros 1988.

Not that Swiatek knew about it, that was his focus on the court.

“When my coach told me it was 6-0, 6-0, I was like, really? Isn’t that a mistake? She said afterwards. “When I was at breaks, I visualized that I was starting this game from the start every time. In fact, I did it so well that I didn’t even know it was 6-0 in the first set. . The key is just not to think about it and just, you know, to play. Because when you think about the sheet music, you can actually ruin your state of mind and ruin your attitude. ”

“On the breaks, I visualized that I was starting this game from the start every time. I did it so well I didn’t even know it was 6-0. “

– Iga Swiatek concentrating so well that she blocked the score.

Today also marked the shortest WTA final completed since Istanbul 2009, when Vera Dushevina only needed 42 minutes to beat Lucie Hradecka 6-0, 6-1.

Double bagels in the WTA final since 2000
2006 Québec, Marion Bartoli d. Olga Puchkova
2013 Sydney, Agnieszka Radwanska ancienne Dominika Cibulkova
2016 Bucharest, Simona Halep d. Anastasia Sevastova
2021 Rome, Iga Swiatek d. Karolina Pliskova

Swiatek had never achieved a double bagel victory at the pro level, although she notably beat Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna 6-0, 6-1 to reach her first WTA final in Lugano 2019.

For Pliskova, this is only the second time in her career that she has failed to win a match in a finished game after her 6-0, 6-0 loss at 17 to Anna Korzeniak in 2009 Latina-Nascosa. ITF $ 10,000 Quarter-Finals. Former champion at Rome in 2019 playing her third consecutive final here, a leg injury forced Pliskova to retire behind Halep 6-0, 2-1 last year.

Swiatek ran out of blocks and never let go, hitting 17 winners with just five unforced errors in the game. In contrast, a slow-starting Pliskova committed two double faults in each of her first two service matches and failed to find a winner until she was tune in after 19 minutes.

“From the start I felt maybe a little nervous,” Swiatek said. “I wanted to use that and play as many games with that vibe as possible. That’s why it was pretty quick at the start.

“I saw that, because I thought her movements weren’t that good, but I also had in mind that in a minute she was going to start feeling better and being in a rhythm. So I wasn’t really focusing on that. “

Things improved for Pliskova in the second set as she held two break points in Game 3 and two to hold in the sixth. But Swiatek was not only in gutting form, able to immediately take a stranglehold on rallies and rarely hesitated to finish them, but was hungry for every game.

The 19-year-old swept away any opportunities Pliskova had to step onto the board with renewed focus and took the championship point with another brilliant forehand winner.

Swiatek’s combination of heavy rotation and rhythm allowed her to exploit Pliskova’s movement throughout the game, and she sealed the victory as the Czech sent a wide forehand.

The 13 points conceded by Swiatek are the fewest in a 1000 level final. The previous record was the 24 points lost by Serena Williams against Carla Suárez Navarro in Miami 2015.

“She really made it extremely difficult for me to make a point and play anything of my game.”

– Karolina Pliskova credits Iga Swiatek with an outstanding performance.

“I think she had an amazing day and I had a terrible day,” Pliskova said. “It’s one of those combinations that I guess can happen.

“I just felt awful there today. It’s one of those days. But I think she really made it extremely difficult for me to make any point and play anything of my game. She was playing super fast. I thought she was just going there.

“I’ve had a few good shots, just a few good shots, and I think she can redirect so well and she can play even faster, and especially on clay. Because she has so much spin, I think it’s super hard to do something. Especially today she had incredible ball placement. Everything was super deep and right near the lines. “

The result extends Swiatek’s record in the final at all levels to an impressive 16-3 – 6-2 at juniors, 7-0 in ITF events and now 3-1 at WTA level. Swiatek also becomes the third player to win a title after saving a match point en route to 2021, alongside Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open and Ashleigh Barty in Miami, after avoiding two against Barbora Krejcikova. in the third round.

The Krejcikova match, in which Swiatek struggled and only gradually found form, was a turning point.

“Actually that’s a good way to call it two phases of the tournament,” Swiatek said. “At first it was really, really difficult. I didn’t think it would be enough – I’m not talking about winning the tournament – to even get a good result. But day in and day out I felt a little bit I had good people around me telling me not to really worry and sometimes it’s the best idea not to care.

“I think playing two games yesterday actually gave me more than usual, because I was getting tired. But this time I was in a rhythm and I could feel it for three hours yesterday. So that gave me a lot of confidence. “

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