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Karolina Pliskova first Czech Rome winner since 1978 – Magazin Sport Nachrichten –



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Karolina Pliskova won not only her career's largest race court on Sunday. The former World Ranking First is also the first Czech since Regina Marsikova 41 years ago, who can celebrate as the winner of Rome. Pliskova finished in the final of the restored British Johanna Konta with a success of 6: 4.6: 3 in Foro Italico.

Pliskova also climbed in the WTA ranking with five places to second place behind Japanese Naomi Osaka and thus also secured the number 2 position at the beginning of the Sunday French Open. It was the 13th overall WTA title for Czech coaches of former world-class players Conchita Martinez (ESP).

For Konta, on the way to the final and so on. Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and recently Madrid winner Kiki Bertens had eliminated Rome's turnaround this season. She will improve in the ranking from 42 to 26 and thus be safe in Paris and probably also at her home tournament in Wimbledon. The now 28-year-old native Australia was already fourth in the world in July 2017. Konta also has Hungarian parents and owns not only the British but also the nationalities of Australia and Hungary.


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