Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.Adding to a very consistent year from the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, the victory will move Pliskova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of the contenders for the French Open, which starts next weekend.”I just hope to take the tennis I was playing here to Paris,” Pliskova said. “For sure there’s going to be a chance for me if I play this way.”Pliskova also reached the Australian Open semifinals and the Miami Open final after opening this season with a title in Brisbane, Australia.The unseeded Konta appeared nervous at the start, double faulting then landing a backhand into the net to hand Pliskova a break in her opening service game.In the second set, Pliskova used a swinging forehand volley putaway to break for a 4-3 lead and never looked back.After converting her third championship point, Pliskova went over and slapped hands with Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach. Pliskova then asked Martinez and the rest of her team to come down onto the court for her victory celebration.Also Read | Italian Open: Roger Federer out of quarters with leg injuryAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstAlso See
Tokyo: A man has been found dead inside a capsized fishing boat off northern Japan, with seven other crew members missing. The 29-tonne Keieimaru No.65 with eight Japanese fishermen on board lost communication on waters some 640 kilometres (400 miles) east of Cape Nosappu in Hokkaido on Tuesday, a coastguard spokesman told AFP on Wednesday. The boat was later found capsized, and inside the boat a man was found “in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest”, he said, using the Japanese expression suggesting death but without a doctor’s confirmation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Six of our divers are continuing the search for the rest of the crew members,” he added. The boat was fishing for sauries in the high seas as they could not find them in coastal waters, public broadcaster NHK said. Fishermen across the country are struggling this year to catch sauries, a delicacy during this time of year in Japan, and experts point to higher water temperature as a reason behind it.