WTA Rome: Karolina Pliskova challenges Simona Halep for the throne!



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WTA Rome: Karolina Pliskova challenges Simona Halep for the throne!

Karolina Pliskova reached the second consecutive final at the Italian Open. The defending champion, seeded number 2 this year, got the better of Marketa Vondrousova thanks to a score of 6-2 6-4 after 82 minutes of play on the Center Court.

Pliskova and Vondrousova last met in Miami in 2019, when the former world number 1 won in two sets to qualify for the final against Ashleigh Barty. The great revelation of the last Roland Garros had to deal with a serious left wrist injury in recent months, which affected much of his performance in 2020.

Suffice it to say that the 21-year-old from Sokolov had won more than one match in the same tournament just once before arriving in Rome. The game always remained in the hands of Pliskova, except for a small blank pass at the start of the second set, which allowed Vondrousova to overturn his inertia for a few minutes.

Karolina used her greater experience on these stages to sink the blow in the decisive moments, facilitated by an excellent 73% of first matches and 71% of break points saved during the match (5/7).

Halep takes revenge on Muguruza

Pliskova will face Simona Halep tomorrow, in her third final in the Eternal City, who resisted Garbine Muguruza's comeback attempt to close 6-3 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes of battle.

In front of the 1000 spectators who were lucky enough to enter the Foro Italico, the Romanian beat the Spaniard on clay for the third consecutive time, also avenging the defeat suffered by Garbine in the semifinal of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

Halep, who had taken the title in Dubai and Prague before the suspension due to the Coronavirus, dominated the length and breadth of the first set, but was surprised by Muguruza's reaction in the second set. Simona once again demonstrated all her mental strength in the third, where she slipped a surgical break in the tenth game.

“It's always a good feeling when I win against her. This success gives me great confidence. I've had a lot of chances to close it before, but she never gives up. I'm happy to have become more aggressive at the right time "- said the former world number 1.

Pliskova and Halep have met nine times in the WTA Tour and two in the Fed Cup. In the final of the men's singles, Novak Djokovic will challenge Diego Schwartzman, who in an epic semifinal defeated Rafael Nadal.