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Double pancake. Sviatek ousts Pliskova in the final of the Italian Open

If Iga Sviatek continues to play like this, he may not have a problem defending the French Open title when the second Grand Slam of the year starts two weeks later.

The 19-year-old defeated Carolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in what is known as the “double fox” in the final of the Italian Open, which lasted only 46 minutes on Sunday.

Sviatek lost only 13 points.

“Definitely not the best day for me,” Pliskova said. “Iga played great tennis today.

“I think you have days like this in tennis, where things do not go your way,” Pliskova added. “I’ll just forget about today.”

By voluntarily blowing up the winners, both pre-made and retracted, Sviatek won 17-5, winning only five unbeaten errors, bringing Pliskova 23rd.

It was not always easy for Sviatek, who was the surprise winner in Paris last year, this week when he was 54th.

In the third round victory over Barbora Kreichikova, she had to save two points, then had to win twice on Saturday, defeating two-time champion Elina Svitolina and 17-year-old Coco Goff after her quarter-final was pushed back one day. because of the rain.

“It was a difficult week, but I’m really happy that I overcame everything,” Sviatek said. “I was very focused today, so I’m really proud of myself.”

Sviatek’s third career title will move him to the 10th place in the top 10 for the first time on Monday.

Pliskova played in her third consecutive final at Foro Italico, which won the title in 2019. The Czech veteran player hit his racket in the second set with early disappointment and received a code violation warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Later, Rafael Nadal renewed his rivalry with Novak Okovich in the men’s final.

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