Simona triumphs in Rome
Top seed Simona Halep hoisted her first Internazionali BNL d’Italia trophy after two previous runner-up finishes, earning the win after defending champion Karolina Pliskova was forced to retire due to a left thigh injury.
I’ve finally won it, I love this tournament, and I play well here almost every year – besides last year, of course. I started my rise up the rankings at this tournament in 2013, so I’ve always dreamed of having this title. I’m really happy that it happened today.
Halep said after the match.
Halep reached back-to-back finals in Rome back in 2017 and 2018, bounded through the opening set, and emerged on top of an exchange of breaks early in the second set when the No.2 seed, who had taken a brief medical timeout between sets, bowed out after 32 minutes on Court Centrale.
I played so many matches here over the years, and I love playing on these courts. I just want to smile now. I’m really enjoying it.
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