Swiatek v Pliskova live stream and match preview | 2021 Italian Open Rome

Marius Hrebenciuc in WTA Italian Open Rome 16 May 2021
Karolina Pliskova (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse – PA Images)

French Open reigning champion Iga Swiatek takes on former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Italian Open today at 13.30 pm (UK Time).

Iga Swiatek has won the French Open last year without dropping a single set in seven matches. She started this year with a disappointing early exit at the Australian Open but bounced back by winning the title in Adelaide. This is Swiatek’s best performance on clay this season after an early exit in the third round in Madrid two weeks ago. Iga’s most difficult match here in Rome was against Krejicikova in the third round, but she looked very solid against Svitolina and Gauff in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

We all know that Karolina Pliskova isn’t a clay specialist, but she seems to have an affinity for playing in Rome. This will be Karolina’s third straight final in Rome, although she has only won the title once, back in 2019. Last year, she was forced to withdraw due to injury after losing the first set 6-0 against Simona Halep. Pliskova has dropped just two sets in four matches in Rome this year and her most difficult clash was with Ostapenko when she had to fight back from one set down to win in a decisive tiebreaker.

Iga Swiatek is favourite to lift the trophy but we expect Pliskova to fight well today, so we’re backing Over 20.5 games at 17/20.

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