US Open: Top seed Pliskova crashes out, Osaka, Kvitova advance
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Czech top seed Karolina Pliskova crashed out of the US Open in the second round while Japan's Naomi Osaka and Pliskova's compatriot Petra Kvitova advanced. The 2016 runner up fell to France's Caroline Garcia 6-1 7-6 (7-2) in a match that lasted one hour and 33 minutes.
Garcia ranked 50 on the WTA standings, will next face 28th seed Jennifer Brady, who beat CiCi Bellis 6-1 6-2 in just 51 minutes. Against Pliskova, she produced 30 winners and just 17 unforced errors with the latter cutting a frustrated figure throughout the match and in the media interactions afterwards on Wednesday.
"In the second set, I had a set point. That was definitely one ball I could make. I had a second serve on my forehand," world no.3 Pliskova said.
"Maybe I should just play a rally. I tried to go for it. It was a little bit windy on the court. I think she played an amazing set and a half. Of course, I got my chances later in the second set. I didn't play good, so that's it."
Meanwhile, 2018 champion and fourth seed Osaka made light work of Italy's Camila Giorgi, winning her second round fixture 6-1 6-2. Giorgi made 24 unforced errors during the match. Kvitova managed a hard-fought two-set win over Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova with the final score standing 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. German 17th seed beat compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3 7-6 (8-6).
In Mens, World no.1 Novak Djokovic lost a tie-breaker for the first time this year but rallied past Kyle Edmund to advance from the second round of the US Open. Djokovic won the match 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. He next faces Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat USA's Michael Mmoh 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
Djokovic, who is chasing his fourth US Open title, lost an intense first set that went on for more than an hour. He had previously won all 10 tiebreaks he played this year.
Divij Sharan and his Serbian men's doubles partner Nikola Cacic crashed out in the first round of the 2020 US Open. The Indo-Serbian pair lost 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 to 8th seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof.
Inconsistency in serves played a big role in Sharan and Cacic not being able to cash in on their comeback in the second set on Wednesday. The pair made a poor start to the match but made up for it by forcing the game into a decider with a dominant 6-3 win in the second set.
Sharan, who was on the list of athletes recommended for the Arjuna Award this year, had earlier partnered Robin Haase at the Prague Challenger. It was his first tournament since the Covid-19 induced lockdown on the tennis calendar.
India's campaign at Flushing Meadows continues with Rohan Bopanna and Sumit Nagal playing their respective matches on Thursday. Bopanna is partnering Canadian Dennis Shapovalov and will be facing American duo Noah Rubin and Ernesto Escobedo.