No.1 Pliskova survives Zhang in tight third round match

by Steven Clarke September 3, 2017, 1:10
No.1 Pliskova survives Zhang in tight third round match

The quality of play was relatively equal on both sides of the net, but it was Pliskova who outlasted her game opponent. But Pliskova held, scored a break, and then held again to get things back on serve, and from there she was in control through to the end. "I felt like I was prepared, I just couldn't bring it".

Pliskova, the finalist in NY last year, lost in the second round of Wimbledon and it seemed early on that she could fall at the same stage this year, with Gibbs proving far too strong for the Czech in the opening set, though Pliskova recovered and eventually recorded a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in an hour and 46 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I was match point down and I thought I haven't tried many forehand winners down the line".

"I still have some nerves in myself", she said. Osaka upset defending champion Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening round.

Pliskova, who reached the US Open previous year, broke twice in the opening set to take a commanding lead with a fine backhand passing shot as Linette struggled on serve.

She looked set to claim the scalp when she broke in the ninth game of the second set and then created a match point but Pliskova trusted in her weapons and powered a forehand down the line.

Also advancing were No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, a straight-sets victor over Australian John Millman, and Alexandr Dolgopolov, who routed Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.

The second-round match on Court 10 surpassed the previous record in NY by 10 minutes. Gibbs, who has never won a professional title and is just 4-9 in 2017, is exhausted of knocking.

The tall, big-serving Czech admitted that elevated expectations were taking a toll on her as she plays in her first major since hitting the top of the world rankings.

She remains in contention for the number one ranking along with four other women.

The Czech, who is battling with Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina for the top spot, will next meet either American Jennifer Brady or Romania's Monica Niculescu on Monday.

The top-ranked Nadal faces Japan's Taro Daniel in the second night match at Ashe. Gibbs was 0-for-7 on break points after the first set. The 22-year-old from Ukraine is through to the third round here for the third year in a row.

Pliskova and Svitolina were two of the eight players who arrived at the U.S. Open with a chance to be ranked No. 1 after the tournament, and three of them already have lost.


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