Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek clinched her first-ever WTA 1000 event’s title at the Italian Open 2021. In the championship match, the 19-year-old from Warsaw exhibited a stellar performance to crush the former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova without dropping a single game(6-0, 6-0).
On the Rome centre court, Swiatek needed only 46-minute to whitewash the 2019 Italian Open title winner. French Open reigning champion won 94% of first-serve points, 84% of second-serve points and saved 100% of breakpoints against the queen of aces.
Iga Swiatek Really Made It Extremely Difficult For Me, says Karolina Pliskova
With the second title of the season, Iga Swiatek will break the Top 10 for the first time in the next WTA ranking update. However, the Polish woman’s final match opponent Karolina Pliskova lauded her for her stunning performance on this special occasion.
“I think she had an amazing day, and I had a horrible day. That’s one of those combinations which I guess can happen,” Pliskova said in the post-match interview.
The Czech continued, “I just was feeling horrible out there today. That’s one of those days. But I think she really made it extremely difficult for me to make any point and to play anything from my game. She was playing super fast. I thought she was just going for it.”
Karolina Pliskova emphasised that she could not find an error in Iga Swiatek’s overall performance.
“I had a couple, just a couple, of good shots, and I think she can redirect so well, and she can play even faster, and especially on clay. Because she has so much spin, I think it’s super tough to do something from it. Especially today, she had amazing placement of the ball. Everything was super deep and just close to the lines,” the 29-year-old from Louny confessed.