Swiatek Whitewashes Pliskova In Rome Final Before Djokovic-Nadal Showdown
Rome, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th May, 2021 ) :Polish teenager Iga Swiatek crushed Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 to win the Italian Open on Sunday before the men's 57th career showdown between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"When I was playing I didn't even know what was the score.
"When my coach told me it was 6-0, 6-0, I was, like, Really? Isn't that a mistake? "The key is just to not to think about it and just, you know, play.
"Because when you're gonna think about the score, you can actually like ruin your mindset and ruin your attitude." - 'Horrible day' - Swiatek swept through the first set in just 20 minutes, allowing Pliskova four points, dropping just 13 in total throughout the match.
Pliskova tried to fight back in the third game of the second set, holding a double break to win the third game, but the Polish player ruthlessly snuffed out any return.
"But it's not easy to win the first set 6-0, because you always have in the back of the mind that your opponent may start playing better and they can change the tactics completely, and then you have to adjust and then you're going to start worrying.
"I just was feeling horrible out there today," said the 29-year-old, who has won 16 WTA titles most recently in Brisbane last year.
"I think she really played great. She didn't give me anything.
"Sometimes I just tried to make it a bit difficult just to put the ball in.
Halep, the third seed, retired with a calf injury. World number one Ashleigh Barty withdrew with a right hand problem, as a precaution before the French Open. Second seed Naomi Osaka, four-time Rome winner Serena Williams and Sofia Kenin, ranked fifth, and 10th ranked Petra Kvitova also exited early.
"It's not easy to be a defending champion, but I'm not worrying about that," she added.