Italian Open : Halep Claims Title After Pliskova Retires With Injury

Top seed Simona Halep warmed up for next week's French Open by winning her first Italian Open title after opponent Karolina Pliskova retired injured.

Romania's Halep led 6-0, 2-1 against the Czech second seed, whose movement seemed to be hampered from the start. After a 20-minute first set, Pliskova had treatment but could not continue.

Halep has won 14 matches in a row either side of the enforced break because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The rearranged French Open starts at Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday. Halep will be the top seed at the grand slam event in the absence of defending Champion Ashleigh Barty, who does not want to travel from Australia because of Coronavirus.