New York, September 2
Top seed Karolina Pliskova suffered a shock 6-1 7-6(2) loss to Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia within the second spherical of the US. Open on Wednesday to blow the ladies’s draw huge open.
Pliskova, a former world No. 1, had no reply to Garcia’s energy and precision because the Frenchwoman raced out of the blocks to open up a 5-Zero lead within the opening set.
The Czech was helpless within the face of her unseeded opponent’s relentless onslaught and her exit marked the worst efficiency by a girls’s high seed in New York since Simona Halep’s opening spherical defeat in 2018.
Pliskova, who was dumped out within the opening spherical of final week’s Western & Southern Open warm-up, fought again within the second set to power a tiebreak however the finish consequence was by no means unsure.
“It was very close to going into a third set and I was ready for it. She didn’t play badly,” stated Garcia, who celebrated her victory by operating the breadth of the court docket together with her arms outstretched.
“I stuck to my game plan and every point was very important. Now I can take confidence from a good win against a top player.”
The girls’s high seed has not gained the title at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 2014 and Garcia ensured the development continued with a shocking efficiency.
Rallies In Short Supply
She broke Pliskova within the Czech’s first two service video games, shortly going 4-Zero up, and rallies had been briefly provide as Garcia used her energy to fireplace angled returns previous her bewildered opponent.
The Frenchwoman ended the opening set with 15 winners to Pliskova’s one and began the second with one other break of serve.
The high seed grew visibly annoyed because the match wore on, at one level smashing her racket after her opponent chased down a shot into the open court docket to ship an ideal cross court docket return.
Pliskova managed to get better from 2-1 down within the second and briefly put Garcia on the backfoot, taking a 5-Four lead earlier than the Frenchwoman saved two set factors and held serve to power the tiebreak, which she dominated.
“I think she played (an) amazing set and a half,” Pliskova instructed reporters. “I bought my possibilities later within the second set.
“She was just playing super aggressive, going for her shots. I maybe didn’t play my best. I didn’t serve that great, especially early in the match.”
Garcia will face final month’s Lexington champion Jennifer Brady, who beat fellow American Catherine Bellis 6-1 6-2 to advance to the third spherical. Reuters