Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Pliskova
WTA Rome 2021 - May, 16th 2021.
Closing odds - money line
I. Swiatek vs Ka. Pliskova - Point by Point
1Set 1 - Game 115-0, 30-0, 40-0.1-0
2Set 1 - Game 215-0, 15-15, 30-15, 30-30, 40-30.2-0
3Set 1 - Game 315-0, 30-0, 40-0.3-0
4Set 1 - Game 415-0, 30-0, 40-0, 40-15.4-0
5Set 1 - Game 515-0, 30-0, 40-0.5-0
6Set 1 - Game 615-0, 30-0, 40-0, 40-15.6-0
7Set 2 - Game 115-0, 30-0, 40-0.1-0
8Set 2 - Game 20-15, 15-15, 30-15, 40-15.2-0
9Set 2 - Game 315-0, 15-15, 15-30, 15-40, 30-40, 40-40, A-40.3-0
10Set 2 - Game 415-0, 30-0, 30-15, 40-15.4-0
11Set 2 - Game 515-0, 30-0, 40-0.5-0
12Set 2 - Game 615-0, 30-0, 30-15, 30-30, 30-40, 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, A-40.6-0
FTFINAL SCORE2 - 060 60
I. Swiatek vs Ka. Pliskova Prediction (from BetzCenter's Experts)
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Another Rome Final for Pliskova
Karolina Pliskova must love playing in Rome. She takes on Iga Swiatek on Sunday in her third successive Rome Masters final. It's the first time since 2005 that has been achieved with Amelia Mauresomo being the last player to do so.
2021 began with Pliskova ranked sixth in the world. It's not been a great year for her and that's seen her drop to ninth. Before this week she'd only won ten of her 18 matches. Her record in this tournament is 19-5. There had been signs of improvement in recent weeks, especially once the clay court season began. In Stuttgart, Pliskova reached the last eight, she lost to Ashleigh Barty but did take a set off the world number one.
Perhaps Pliskova should just play in Rome every week. Her efforts this week will see her climb to eighth and hot on the heels of seventh placed Bianca Andreescu. It's also got her back on track in the WTA Race to Shenzen and can get into the top ten if winning this final. That would guarantee a lucrative payday later in the year.
Saturday saw Pliskova beat Petra Martic in the semi-final and won in three sets. It looked as if that might not be the case after the ninth seed took the first set 6-1. Martic fought back to level the score but Pliskova made certain of another Rome final winning the final set 6-2. Speaking after her win, Pliskova said she was happy with her serve, especially in the two sets that were won.
Swiatek Back in Form on Clay
Reaching this final is a massive boost for Iga Swiatek. She's not far away from attempting to defend the French Open title that she won last year. Since that dominant performance in Paris she's rarely been able to recreate that level. The only time she has managed it was in Adelaide this year. The title was won with only 22 games lost in her five matches.
That level hasn't been achieved this week but the 19-year-old (soon to be 20) has made it all the way to the final. It's only her fourth WTA Main Tour final and just her second on clay. Her run to this final sees her up three places to 12 in the live rankings. A win in this final would take her into the top ten for the first time in her career.
Only one of her matches this week has gone to three sets. That was in the third round when beating Barbora Krejcikova after dropping the first set and had to save two match points before winning. That win took her into a quarter-final against fifth seeded Elina Svitolina. Swiatek won that in straight sets and then just a few hours later had to take on Coco Gauff in the last four.
That semi-final was won in straight sets but the match lasted 106 minutes. The combined ages of those two players was just 36, there are some players on tour who are older than that. As was the case in that semi-final, Swiatek now meets an opponent she has never previously faced. This is a tough match to predict, both have had some hard and long matches this week. A bet on three sets looks a winning one with slight preference for Swiatek to win the match.