Defending champion Karolina Pliskova eased into the final of the WTA Italian Open on Sunday to set up a meeting with top seed SimonaHalep of Romania.

Pliskova, the second seed, beat fellow Czech MarketaVondrousova 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the final warm-up tournament on clay before the French Open.

Top seed Halep battled to conquer Spanish ninth seed GarbineMuguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in their earlier semi-final at the ForoItalico.

World number two Halep is seeking her first Rome title after finishing runner-up in 2017 and 2018.

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