Halep claims Rome title after Pliskova retires with injury
Sep 24 2020
World number two Simona Halep expressed her concerns after a women's player was tested positive during the qualifying round of the French Open 2020. In the men's singles, Novak Djokovic beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman to lift his fifth Rome title.
After dropping her serve to fall 6-2 2-0 down to the world number two in 47 minutes, Putintseva, who played back-to-back three-set matches in the previous two rounds, pulled out of the match.
Though she's not in love with the clay like her opponent in Monday's final, Pliskova is starting to enjoy her time on the surface more as the years go by.
Pliskova struggled in North America and ended up winning just one of three matches before heading back to Europe this summer (including a second-round exit at the US Open), but she said the experience of playing in a bubble and getting back into the competitive swing of things has helped her prepare for the clay in Rome.
"Of course, I did work hard at home, but I didn't have matches, many matches, so my body is not that used".
"I have to see the doctor to see that it's nothing", she said.
Although the second set looked to be marginally better for the world no. 4 as she broke Halep right back after getting broken the opening game of the set, she went down a second break in the third game.
"I think I had a really good week. I know that I still have couple of gears, and hopefully I'll be able to raise that level for French, because that's going to be necessary if I want to go deep in the tournament".
"Finally I've won it", said the 28-year-old Halep. "I'm really happy that it happened today". If I play my best game and if I feel great physically on court, I have a big chance to win the match.
But Halep refused to be drawn on her hopes of winning in Paris just yet.
I love this tournament, and I play well here nearly every year - besides last year, of course.
"I asked myself for a second if I should play and I thought I wanted to at least try". After the tour's five-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Romanian returned by raising another trophy in Prague last month. For Halep, it meant she had won her first title at the Foro Italico on her third attempt in the finals.