WTA Rome: Simona Halep wins the title, Pliskova retires

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WTA Rome: Simona Halep wins the title, Pliskova retires

After two attempts with the defeats of 2017 and 2018 against Svitolina, Simona Halep finally manages to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, in Rome, and to conquer yet another trophy in her career. It is the twenty-second title of a splendid career and third title of the season for the Romanian who dominates far and wide and takes advantage of the retirement of Pliskova, defending champion outgoing and never in a position to embarrass her opponent, forced to retire at 6-0 2-1 for Halep from a physical problem.

The Czech starts the match with a conspicuous bandage on her left leg, has a worse performance than expected on the serve but does not seem to show serious problems until the third game of the second set where she suffers the break and announces her retirement.

The final between Halep and Pliskova

Ahead 7 to 4 in the previous games played so far, the Romanian tennis player, author of a great semifinal against Garbine Muguruza, starts immediately strong and takes advantage of a not exciting start of Pliskova taking without particular problems ahead 3-0 with a double break and many errors of the head of series number 2.

The match seems to be one-way and in the fourth game there is a situation that testifies to everything: Halep starts badly with errors and a winner in response from Pliskova, but at 0-40 Simona resolutely cancels three break points thanks to the service above all and goes to 4-0.

A series of consecutive points for the tennis player who shows good tennis and seems to play on velvet with Karolina Pliskova who cannot find the right countermeasures and the first set flies off easy with a clear 6-0. A last break sanctioned by several mistakes of the number two seed and the race seems to be without history.

The first three games of the second set see a series of mistakes on both sides with Halep suffering the counterbreak trying (without succeeding this time) to put the opponent back in the race, but after a new break immediately and a new game with two doubles fouls and obvious difficulties, Pliskova (who was obviously not very well) announces the retirement and decrees the victory of Simona Halep, the first at the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome.

The Romanian thus breaks down a taboo that has long been close to her heart and wins a Masters 1000 thus showing a great physical condition. Simona Halep is now expected to return directly to the Parisian clay-courts for the long-awaited autumn Roland Garros, which will be played in the French capital (with a crowd of 5,000 people per day, despite the serious health crisis in the country) from 28 September to 11 October 2020.