Iga Swiatek embarrasses Karolina Pliskova to win Italian Open title
Iga Swiatek demolished Karolina Pliskova without losing a game to win the 2021 Italian Open after a stunning 46-minute final.
The 19-year-old humiliated the 2019 champion 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the WTA 1000 event – winning 51 of the 64 points played.
The Pole stormed through the first set in 21 minutes with three holds to love and after winning eight of 12 return points.
Swiatek then completed the whitewash ‘double bagel’ victory by taking the second set in 25 minutes. As well as two more love service holds, the world No. 15 saved two break points in a game to hold for 3-0.
She converted a first match point to eliminate the world No. 9 – who had not lost a completed match in Rome since 2018 having also retired during the 2020 final.
What a display 😱
— wta (@WTA) May 16, 2021
It is a third WTA title for Swiatek – who is the defending French Open champion.
The 19-year-old hit 17 winners to just 5 unforced errors, while Pliskova hit only 5 winners and 23 unforced errors.
World No. 9 Pliskova is known as one of the strongest servers on the WTA tour, but the Czech produced just one ace and six double faults.
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