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Sport Halep wins Italian Open after Plíšková retires from final

17:12  21 september  2020
17:12  21 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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  Top seeds Halep, Pliskova into last eight in Rome Simona Halep and defending women's champion Karolina Pliskova both eased into the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Friday. Top seed Halep rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to see off Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in a 7-5, 6-4 victory that took one hour and 28 minutes. "Big picture, I think it was a great match and gives me confidence that even in these conditions with a big hitter that I could win in two sets," said Halep. The two-timeTop seed Halep rallied from 3-0 down in the first set to see off Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in a 7-5, 6-4 victory that took one hour and 28 minutes.

Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title as Karolina Pliskova was forced to retire injured in the final in Rome. Romanian top seed Halep breezed through the first set 6-0 and led 2-1 in the second when her Czech opponent, who started the match with a heavily strapped left thigh, withdrew after 32

ROME, Sept 21 — Top seed Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title today after defending champion Karolina Pliskova retired injured while “ Finally after two finals I could win this title,” the Romanian said. “I love this tournament and I’m really happy to have this beautiful trophy in my hand.

ROME (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title on Monday when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with an injury.

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their semifinal at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their semifinal at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Plíšková stopped playing after just 31 minutes.

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After Halep won the first set, Plíšková had her lower back treated by a trainer. Plíšková also had her left thigh taped during the match. Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title on Monday when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh

In the women’s final , top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Rome title when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through their match with a left thigh injury. Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Plíšková stopped playing after just 31 minutes.

After Halep won the first set, Plíšková had her lower back treated by a trainer. Plíšková also had her left thigh taped during the match.

“Disappointed for me not to finish today,” Plíšková said during the trophy ceremony. “But Simo, obviously too strong. I always have to be 100% to play a good match against you. Congratulations for the whole week. I think you deserve the title."

With the French Open starting in six days, Halep wished Plíšková a speedy recovery. She then added with a laugh, “Probably we will meet again there in the final.”

Both players wore face masks as they picked up their trophies themselves.

Halep, who lost the 2017 and 2018 Rome finals to Elina Svitolina, extended her perfect record in tennis’ restart to 10-0.

“In 2013 here I started to (reach) the top of world tennis," Halep — now a two-time Grand Slam champion — said, recalling her surprise run to the semifinals that year. "Since then I started to play really well and finally, after two finals, I could win this title.”

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ROME (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title on Monday when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury. Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Plíšková stopped playing after just 31 minutes. After Halep won the first set, Plíšková

Top seed Simona Halep gave her French Open preparations a boost when she claimed the Italian Open in Rome on Monday after second seed Karolina Pliskova retired "Good luck in the French Open , hopefully we will meet again there in the final ." " Finally , after two finals I could win this title.

The second-ranked Halep improved to 14-0 overall stretching back to February, when she won a title in Dubai. After the tour’s five-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Romanian returned by winning another trophy in Prague last month. She then skipped the U.S. Open because of travel and health concerns.

Due to the pandemic, a crowd of only 1,000 fans was allowed inside the 10,500-seat Campo Centrale stadium.

The tournament, which was rescheduled from its usual May slot due to the pandemic, also had reduced prize money.

Halep collected a winner’s check of 205,190 euros ($242,000) -- down from the 523,858 euros ($616,000) awarded to Plíšková last year.

Later Monday, Novak Djokovic will face Diego Schwartzman in the men's final.

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