Karolina Pliskova powers past Johanna Konta to take Rome title
The world No. 7 from the Czech Republic broke in the opening game of the first set and never looked back, remaining unbroken behind her dominant serve in a competitive first set.
In the second set, Pliskova continued her relentless attack and broke again to make it 4-3 before serving out to win 6-3, 6-4 for her third career title on clay and her second success of the year.
The defeat ended British No. 1 Konta’s hopes of landing her first title this year after she had battled hard in a match that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report