Polish teenager Iga Swiatek crushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open on Sunday.
The reigning 19-year-old Roland Garros champion took just 45 minutes to send the 2019 Rome winner two weeks before opening her title defense at Roland Garros.
15-ranked Swiatek won her third WTA title after her success at Roland Garros with a victory in Adelaide in January.
“I’m really, really happy,” said a touched Swiatek.
“I’m overwhelmed, at the start of this tournament I wouldn’t have dreamed of winning it. “
Swiatek swept the first set in just 20 minutes, with Pliskova winning just four points.
Pliskova tried to defend himself in Game 3 of the second set, holding a double break to go 2-1, but the Polish player mercilessly choked off any comeback.
“I will quickly forget the day today,” said Pliskova, the world number nine, who was playing her third consecutive final in Rome.
The former world number one retired injured in last year’s final against Romania’s Simona Halep.
“I had very good matches here, in the past I did well. “
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