Iga Swiatek played a perfect final against Karolina Pliskova and became champion in the WTA 1000 in Rome. But what is particular about this somewhat atypical definition of a title is that The result was an overwhelming 6-0 and 6-0 in favor of the Polish, something that only happened 15 times in the last 53 years, and in the last 15, only four tennis players made it. One by one, a general review.
The last time something similar had happened was in 2016, when Simona Halep wiped Anastasija Sevastova off the track in the final in Bucharest. At that time, the Romanian started as a favorite for the title.
Three years earlier, in Sydney, Agnieszka Radwanska did the same in front of Dominika Cibulkova. Until that moment, seven years had passed since the last time a tennis player won a title after a double 6-0, since In 2006, in Quebec City, Marion Bartoli had beaten Olga Poutchkova in this way.
In 1993, in Auckland, Elna Reinach surprised Caroline Kuhlman, in what was the only time this happened in the 1990s.
Instead, heThe 1980s was the scene of several events of this kind: in 1988, Steffi Graf was the protagonist after beating Natalia Zvereva at Roland Garros; four years earlier, in Tokyo, Etsuko Inoue did it in front of Beth Herr; in 1982, Rina Einy had succeeded against Lorrayne Gracie at Frinton, and in 1981, Judy Dalton beat Judith Lain.
Still, Dalton wasn’t the only one to win a 6-0 double in a final that year: Crhis Evert was not far behind, given that he beat nothing more and nothing less than Martina Navratilova. It should be noted that with that victory in Amelia, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles achieved it for the third time, because she had already done it in 1974 in Indianapolis against Gail Benedetti and in 1973 against Linda Tuero in Cleveland.
The Hamilton tournament in 1972 witnessed the great level of Marilyn Pride against Shelley Monds; in 1970 the same thing happened in Charlotte Spring, but with Nancy Richey as the protagonist against Alena Palmeova West. The first time it happened in the Open Era was in 1968, when Tuero achieved it against Lucia Gongora in Birmingham.
A) Yes, Swiatek and his solid tennis reactivated this particular statistic. It should be noted that the Pole is pursuing her next big goal, which is to defend the title at Roland Garros that she won in 2020.