Iga Swiatek and Karolina Pliskova will lock horns for the 2021 Italian Open women’s singles title on Sunday.
Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Pliskova: Preview
French Open reigning champion began the season during the Down Under summer series. Therein, Swiatek fell in the fourth round to Simona Halep at the Australian Open.
At the same time, Polish claimed her first-ever WTA singles title outside of the Grand Slam event in the Adelaide International without dropping a single set.
Later on, Swiatek competed at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships, Miami Open, and Madrid Open, but she did not cross the round of 16.
Before reaching the first-ever WTA 1000 event’s final in Rome, the No.15 seed overcame Coco Gauff, No.5 seed Elina Svitolina, Barbora Krejcikova, Madison Keys, and Alison Riske after just dropping a single set. Swiatek has a win-loss record of 18-5 so far this season.
On the other hand, the former World No.1 started this year’s WTA Tour campaign in the season curtain-raiser event Abudhabi Open.
Afterwards, Pliskova took part in several tournaments, including the Australian Open, but she had not performed well.
At the Italian Open, the No.9 seed Czech has reached the third consecutive championship match with the following victories over Anastasija Sevastova, Vera Zvonareva, Jelena Ostapenko, and Petra Martic. Pliskova won 14 out of 22 matches this year.
Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Pliskova: Head-To-Head
2021 Italian Open final match will be the first meeting between Iga Swiatek and Karolina Pliskova.
Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Pliskova: Prediction
According to recent performances, Iga Swiatek is the favourite to win this match. Simultaneously, Pliskova will try to capture the second title in Rome with her several years of clay-court experience and service.
Match Prediction: Iga Swiatek to win in three sets.