Tennis: Bagel time – Iga Swiatek demolishes Karolina Pliskova to claim Italian Open

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek Image Credit: AFP

French Open champion Iga Swiatek served a sensational statement of intent to her rivals ahead of the claycourt French Open at Roland Garros as she simply demolished former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in the Italian Open final on Sunday.

The victory in 46 minutes meant the world No. 15 from Poland, who shot to fame at Roland Garros last year by beating Sofia Kenin in straight sets in the final, will enter the top 10 for the first time when the new rankings are out on Monday.

Swiatek’s third title overall following triumphs at Roland Garros and Adelaide came on the back of one of the most dominant performances of the 19-year-old’s career as she dropped only 13 points against the Czech, who was the 2019 Rome champion.

She served with ruthless accuracy, winning more than 93% of points on her first serve, and converted six out of eight break point opportunities to close out the win against a frustrated Pliskova, who had no answers on the day.

It was also the first double bagel in the final of the Rome tournament and the most one-sided since Hungary’s Andrea Temesvari beat American Bonnie Gadusek 6-1 6-0 in 1983. The French Open will begin on May 30.