Prague, Czech Republic – On Sunday, Czech tennis champion Karolina Pliskova won the Italian Open in Rome, beating U.K. contender Johanna Konta in two sets (6-3, 6-4) in the final.
This is her thirteenth singles title in her professional tennis career, and second this year after securing the title of the Brisbane International in January. Finalist in the 2016 U.S. Open eventually defeated by Germany’s Angelique Kerber, she also reached the semi-finals of the 2017 French Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
Ranked n°7 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) until last week, her victory will move her up to the second place in the international ranking of the best female tennis players in the world, behind only Japan’s Naomi Osaka but positioning herself ahead of contenders of the likes of Simona Halep (Romania), Angelique Kerber (Germany), Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) and Czech compatriot Petra Kvitova.
Karolina Pliskova is quickly becoming one of the sharpest and top-performing players in clay-court tournaments, and is one of the main contenders for the French Roland-Garros Open, which kicks off this week in Paris.
“I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris”, Plískova said after her victory in Rome. “For sure, there’s going to be a chance for me if I play this way”.
Karolína Plískova, 27, was born in Louny in the north-western part of the Czech Republic. Measuring 1.86 m, she’s known for her very strong serve. A former world number 1 in the WTA ranking, she won her first title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2013, followed by breakthrough victories in Seoul, Linz and Prague the following years.
Kristýna Plíšková, her identical twin sister, is also a professional tennis player. And if you’re having trouble differentiating them during the next Open, simple trick: Karolína is right-handed, while Kristýna plays left-hand.