Monday, September 21, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Romania's Simona Halep, seeded No. 1, won the Rome tennis tournament on Monday after retirement in the final in the second set (at 6-0, 2 -1) of the defending champion, the Czech Karolina Pliskova (N.2).
Pliskova, who appeared diminished in the first set and required back treatment at the end of the first set, gave up “on injury,” said the WTA without further details.
Swept 6-0 in the first set, the Czech seemed to recover in the second and had just won her first game, when she headed for Halep to signal the end of the game.
After losing two finals in 2017 and 2018, Halep won for the first time on Roman clay and won his third consecutive tournament after Dubai and Prague, less than a week before Roland kick-off. Garros, exceptionally moved in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Halep, who has been proclaiming his ambitions in Rome all week, decided from the outset to put pressure on his opponent with precise and sustained strikes, leaving a Pliskova, whose left thigh was bandaged, often far from the ball.
Pliskova, having already lost her entry serve, gave Halep a 3-0 double fault. The Romanian, on springs, saved three break points against her on her next serve and took off to conquer a one-sided first round, concluded in twenty minutes! The second would last even less.
Halep scored his 14th consecutive victory. This streak started before competition was interrupted due to coronavirus with a title in Dubai in February and continued in the resumption with his title in Prague in August and his five wins in Rome this week.
The second world player had chosen not to participate in the tournaments on hard New York at the end of August, the beginning of September, in particular to better prepare for Roland-Garros.
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