Swiatek lays down French Open marker

17 May 2021 01:09:52 GMTPlus10

Iga Swiatek will be brimming with confidence going into her French Open title defence after obliterating Karolina Pliskova 6-0 6-0 to win the WTA Rome final on Sunday.

Polish starlet Swiatek can be backed at 3.50 to win the French Open for the second successive year after her victory in Italy.

The 19-year-old looked in confident mood going into the final, having recorded straight-sets wins in both her quarter-final encounter with Elina Svitolina and semi-final clash with Coco Gauff on Saturday, when play was affected by rain.

And Swiatek did not slow down in the final, losing only 13 points on her way to the double-bagel dismantling of Pliskova in a match which lasted only 45 minutes.

Pliskova, winner of this competition in 2019, won four of the points she claimed in the final game but barely laid a glove on Swiatek in Rome.

Swiatek dropped only one set on her way to the final - that came in her round-of-16 clash with Barbora Krejcikova - and is worth keeping an eye on as the French Open approaches.

The Pole won the Grand Slam event last year, defeating American Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in the final, and will be looking to add to her solitary major win in Paris next month.

Speaking after her win in the Italian capital, Swiatek said: "You know, I'm really happy - I'm overwhelmed.

"At the beginning of this tournament I wouldn't even dream of winning - it was super tough, we had to fight a lot of stuff.

"Karolina obviously had a great run here and in previous years she's showing she's a really consistent player so congrats for the week."

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