Pliskova says goodbye after shooting 5-0 in the second set

Czech Karolina Pliskova, sixth favorite, fell to compatriot Muchova in two sets (double 7-5), despite being dominated by the second. Svitolina beat Putintseva (6-4 and 6-0).


Karolina Pliskova, sixth seed, made a pliskovada on Friday in the third round of the Australian Open. The Czech, capable of reaping great victories in WTA tournaments, but a disaster when it comes to the Grand Slams, pulled a 5-0 in the second set to deliver the victory to her compatriot and namesake Karolina Muchova, who had The merit of being always active in the match and won by a double 7-5 in 1h: 54. In the first set, Muchova took the lead twice (2-1 and 6-5) and Pliskova, who equalized the first advantage, was unable to do so with the second. And then came that tremendous blackout when he had opened the second set with two breaks and completely sank, despite having two match balls with 5-4 to the rest. In addition, he made 40 unforced errors, with 10 double faults. The winner, who reaches the second round for the first time in the tournament, will be measured against the Belgian Elise Mertens, who won with more facilities than the Swiss Belinda Bencic (6-2 and 6-1 in 62 minutes) .

Another favorite, the fifth, Elina Svitolina, was not entangled before the small (1.63) but combative Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, whom she beat 6-4 and 6-0 in 1h: 23. The Ukrainian began the game with problems, with a break against the start, but then reacted, she took the air into the game and went over her rival with a partial 9-0 from 4-3 for Putintseva. Elina, who had already beaten her rival on the same stage six years ago, won 71% of points with second serves and made 20 errors, although only four in the second set. She will face Jessica Pegula in the second round, the millionaire by birth who is one of the surprises of the tournament and easily got rid of the French Karolina Mladenovic (6-1 and 6-1 in 68 minutes). Pegula, the daughter of a successful gas businessman who owns an NHL and an NFL team in Buffalo, is 61st in the world at 26 years old and had not passed the first round in Melbourne. His biggest major success was reaching the third round of the US Open last year and in the Aussie tournament he still has not lost a set and eliminated Azarenka.

Brady, unstoppable

Jennifer Brady (22nd) continues her unstoppable march at the Australian Open. The American, who has not lost a set and until this Saturday had not yielded any break point, beat Kaja Juvan without problems: 6-1, 6-3 in 88 minutes). The 20-year-old Slovenian, who came from the previous one, had the merit of forcing Brady to the rest until she had eight break opportunities and took advantage of one. The bad thing is that she lost her serve five times. The American will be seen in the second round with Donna Vekic, who came back (5-7, 7-6 (2) and 6-4 in 2:36) against the Estonian Kai Kanepi, who had eliminated the champion Sofia Kenin on Thursday. The Croatian raised a 3-0 and a match point in the tenth game of the second set.

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