Simona Halep hunted her first Italian Open title on Monday for the third final appearance. Romanian is now eyes on her second title at the upcoming French Open, which is the main draw beginning next week in Paris. However, She expects that this year’s tournament will be harder.
Whereas Halep led defending champion Karolina Pliskova in the finals of the Italian Open, the Czech walked over from the match owing to injury as a consequence, Romanian lifted a title without any strain.
After the match, winner Simona Halep expressed her happiness and confidence for French Open 2020. She said, “I have had a very good tournament defeating renowned players who came from playing a good level of tennis. It is true that I arrived at Roland Garros in the best possible way, but we have to be careful.”
“Now we simply have to rest and start preparing for that tournament, which will undoubtedly be tougher and I will have to be vigilant from the first match. That said, I am happy to have won all these matches and to arrive in Paris with this title under my arm.” She continued.
“Simona Was Strong”- Karolina Pliskova
While the Czech number one exited earlier from the Cincinnati Open and US Open, she qualified for the finals at the Italian Open. Talking about her second finals against Halep, Pliskova said, “Thank you for coming, it was great to play with the fans this week. It was a great match. I’m disappointed that I didn’t finish the match, but Simona was strong. Congratulations on the way she played, for this week’s title.”
In a former world number one player rivalry, Simona Halep leads Karolina Pliskova in head to head 8-5.
Simona Halep ’s Story at the French Open
Even though Halep had reserved a place at the Roland Garros finals three times in her career, She clinched a title after defeating Sloane Stephens in 2018. Simona lost to Amanda Anisimova in the quarterfinals of last year’s event.
With the absence of defending champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty, Halep is now the favorite to win the title at the French Open 2020. if she can win the title, Simona will be ranked number one in the world by WTA.