Top seed SimonaHalep won her first Italian Open title on Monday after defending champion Karolina Pliskova retired while trailing 6-0, 2-1 in Monday’s final.

Romania’s SimonaHalepPhoto:AFP

World number two Halep, 28, was competing in her third Rome WTA final, having finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018 on the clay at the ForoItalico.

Wimbledon champion Halep’s 22nd career title comes just a week before the start of the French Open which she won in 2018.

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