Karolina Pliskova powers past Johanna Konta to take Rome title

Johanna Konta roars in delight after securing victory

Johanna Konta roars in delight after securing victory

"Finally I have a title", Nadal told reporters. She even had the chance of a break back in the ninth, but hit an easy smash into the net, and Pliskova did not offer another chance, 6-3. Due to this, Konta didn't succeed in landing her first clay-court title. "But since then, I think we have both forgot about it".

"Rome for me was bad so far in last couple years". The Czech will be ranked as the World Number two tennis player on Monday.

The Foro Italico crowd continually tried to encourage Djokovic with chants of "Vai Nole!"

Djokovic again netted an overhead in the next game and then kicked the ball in frustration when he missed a drop shot attempt late in the second.

"There's Simona (Halep), she's the best the way she moves on the clay".

The victory takes Pliskova to No2 in the world, and thus No2 seed at the French Open next week.

According to BBC News, Pliskova won against Konta with a final result of 6-3, 6-4.

Four-time Rome victor Serena Williams also withdrew before the second round as her return after a two-month layoff was cut short when her knee injury flared up. Pliskova has won eight of her last 12 final appearances overall and is 2-1 in final appearances on clay court. As for Pliskova, she has played her fair share of tough matches in the past, and this one will be no different. "So it's little bit like a miracle for me".

Konta made hard work of the clash, failing to serve out the first set as Bertens surged into the lead, but broke back in the second before sailing through the third until she stood 5-2, 40-0 up before eventually closing it out on her fourth set point. Konta has definitely changed as a player and has become a much more confident player, but the tennis world still suggests that it is Pliskova that has the edge going into Sunday.

This is hands down Konta's biggest match since winning the Miami Open in 2017. As a seed, she can not player anyone else in the world's top 32 until at least the third round.

"It can feel sometimes you re fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today".

Pliskova attributed a lot of her success to Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach. I know she loved this tournament.

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