Pliskova, the second seed, beat fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the final warm-up tournament on clay before the French Open.
Spectators were allowed at a WTA Tour event for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic suspended competitions, the Rome crowd witnessing Halep defeat Garbine Muguruza 6-3 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes.
To reached her third final at the Italian Open, Simona Halep had to survive to an awesome challenge against Garbine Muguruza, in wath was the most awaited match of the semfinal of the Rome event 2020. "I really want to win this title, but it's always tough".
This was the 12th face off between Halep and Pliskova in their careers, and though the Romanian led the overall head-to-head prior to the final, it was Pliskova who had won three of their last four meetings.
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Halep, who chose to skip the hardcourt swing in the United States to practice on clay, will head to Roland Garros as one of the firm favourites with world number one Ash Barty and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both skipping the tournament this year.
"I felt it from the match with Mertens and it was growing every day".
"But here, she won previous year, so she likes the court". I stood behind her and was waiting for my opportunities. "She's a good player, she's playing good, she's with a lot of confidence", said Muguruza.
"I feel confident now that I was able to win this match". "So I don't plan for a specific match, because you never know on court".