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Simona Halep wins Italian Open title after Karolina Pliskova retires

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

By: AP | Rome | Updated: September 22, 2020 3:02:26 pm
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning the final with the trophy after Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova retired from the match after sustaining an injury. (Reuters)

Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title on Monday when Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with an injury. Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Plíšková stopped playing.

After Halep won the first set, Plíšková had her lower back treated by a trainer.

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

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.

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

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