Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
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Karolina Pliskova powers past Johanna Konta to conquer the title — WTA Rome

Karolina Pliskova powers past Johanna Konta to conquer the title — WTA Rome

World Number seven, Karolina Pliskova entered the third finals of 2019 season after taking out the Greek, Maria Sakkari in straight sets in the semifinals of Italian Open 2019. "Finally I have a title", Nadal told reporters.

She becomes the first Czech woman to win the Rome tournament since Regina Marsikova in 1978.

Nadal broke three times in the opening set and the first "bagel" of their rivalry was registered. "But since then, I think we have both forgot about it". I was a little bit nervous today, but it was the final, so that's to be expected.

The Foro Italico crowd continually tried to encourage Djokovic with chants of "Vai Nole!" But with Johanna Konta beating favourite Kiki Bertens, anything can happen with that momentum.

Pliskova required three match points to secure victory and claim her first title since the Brisbane International in January.

Despite her defeat, the World Number 42, Konta moves inside the top 30 rankings on the WTA scale and she will be ranked 26th in the world. Konta had dropped three sets en route to the final, while Pliskova has dropped just two, and the Czech had played one match less courtesy of a first-round bye. "For sure there's going to be a chance for me if I play this way". But she lost in the second round of her previous two tournaments on clay in Stuttgart, Germany, and Madrid.

"Nobody really gave me chance for this tournament - even me", Pliskova said. "Before the tournament, I was not super confident, not thinking about the final at all".

Pliskova broke in the second game of the first set and although the unseeded Konta made life hard throughout, she made just five unforced errors to take it 6-3.

"It's always tough playing Karolina", Konta said. Konta dug deep after dropping the first set and managed to win a match that took almost three hours to complete. "That was the case today".

Pliskova has credited four-time Italian Open victor Conchita Martinez, now her coach, for improving her clay form.

I like Pliskova to win her second title of the year.

And she was not exaggerating, she stressed: "I come to Rome for my holidays: I really do love this city!"

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