In a 91 year history in Rome there has never been a double bagel final, until the 16th of May 2021 where Iga Swiatek won 6-0 6-0 against 2019 champion and 2020 runner-up Karolina Pliskova.
There are moments in tennis where you have to admire someones consistency in a match but also moments where it becomes an awkward watch…
It was over in about 45 minutes, Pliskova didn’t win a point on Iga’s serve until a few games into the second set where it became a game of, will the Czech get on the board? We had game points and break points but nothing would come through for her.
Pliskova won just 13 points, 4 of them came in the final game of the match which is where she served her first ace of the match and actually began to play a bit.
There are questions that come off the back of a result like this, has something happened in the camp and where was plan B? We got into a rhythm of hit and hope not it was no-hope.
On the other hand we saw Swiatek perform extremely well throughout, she didn’t let her level dip except for a game early on in the second set but re-grouped and went again, a big message sent out to the field as she is about to kick off her Roland Garros title defence in just over a weeks’ time.
I do hope it doesn’t affect Pliskova too much and she moves on quickly! I remember in Rome last year we saw Sofia Kenin lose 0-6 0-6 to Victoria Azarenka but re-grouped and went onto make the final at Roland Garros.