Karolina Pliskova collected the biggest clay court title of her career Sunday beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win Rome.
It was Pliskova’s 13th career title, third on clay and second of the season. It also moves her to No. 2 in the rankings.
The 27-year-old Czech dropped just one set.
“It feels great, especially since nobody really gave me a chance for this tournament, even, I think, me,” Pliskova said. “Before the tournament, I was not super confident, not thinking about the final at all. I was just happy with every match I played.
“So it’s little bit like a miracle for me because clay, this tournament, since I haven’t played well here, and on clay it’s always tough. I played some good clay court girls. Of course, I’m super happy.”
Pliskova also now leads Konta 6-1. The Brit was enjoying her best week in a long time.
“There’s rarely really a rhythm to the match,” Konta said. “She plays with big shots, quite flat, and big serves. It can feel sometimes you’re fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today.
“I just thought she didn’t really have a letdown throughout the match. She played very consistently. I found it quite hard to get a footing into the match, which is credit to her.”
Pliskova, who made the French semifinals in 2017, will now be seeded second at the French. Konta will also climb from No. 42 to a seeded inside the Top 30.
“I want to put 100% into it and to give myself a chance to go deep in the tournament,” Pliskova said of the French. “Of course, everything starts in the first round. You can have tough opponents. It doesn’t mean that I won here, so I have to go far in Paris. There is still seven matches, so it’s two more than here.”
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