Iga Swiatek double-bagels Karolina Pliskova to win title in style

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Iga Swiatek double-bagels Karolina Pliskova to win title in style

Iga Swiatek double-bagelled Karolina Pliskova to win the Italian Open in style on Sunday ahead of the French Open.

The 19-year-old Polish player lost only 13 points as she swatted aside Pliskova, and achieved a top 10 ranking as a result of the win, which took just three-quarters of an hour.

Pliskova only managed to win a paltry four points in the entire opening set, and Swiatek said that she had even surprised herself with her win.

“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.

“Karolina obviously had a great run here and in previous years. She’s showing she’s a really consistent player so congrats for the week.”

Pliskova, meanwhile, simply said she was aiming to come back swiftly from the disappointment.

“I mean, definitely not the best day in this tournament. I think Iga was playing great tennis today and all the week. Congratulations to her and her team,” she said.

“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. To reach a final is always a great week, great tournament.”