Pliskova too strong for Konta in Italian Open final

Karolina Pliskova had too much firepower for a spirited Johanna Konta in Rome on Sunday, as she clinched the Italian Open final.

The Czech ace went into the match as favourite, despite Konta’s recent resurgence, and eased to a relatively comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win.

“It has been a great week for me and my team,” she said. “There have been a couple of tough matches here (in Rome).

“So I’m happy that I fought through them. The weather wasn’t easy and I’m just happy that we are able to finish today.”

However, she refuted any suggestion that this title gave her an edge going into the French Open.

“Every tournament starts from zero. In grand slams there are seven matches for everybody.

“It’s going to be a total different story. Everything is going to be different.” Pliskova previewed of the French Open.

“I just hope to take the tennis, how I played here, to Paris. There is going to be a chance for me (to win the title), but there are going to be some tough opponents.”

Konta, meanwhile, was taking the positives from her defeat.

“I’m super pleased in general with how I have been progressing this year and how I have been improving with every match.”Konta said.

“I feel to make the final (in Rome) is a big moment for me. I’m pleased to have taken part and just very pleased with how I have progressed.”