Pliskova starts her grass season well

Last Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova won her first grass match of the season on Monday in Berlin, where she is seeded No. 4, in three sets against Estonian Kanepi. Daria Kasatkina also passed.

Eliminated in the second round of Roland-Garros by Léolia Jeanjean, Karolina Pliskova started her season on grass this Monday in Berlin, where she is seeded n°4. The Czech player appreciates this surface, since she had played in the Wimbledon final last year, and lost against Ashleigh Barty. Opposed to the world n°41 Kaia Kanepi, the n°7 won in three sets and 1h46 after an unusual scenario. She indeed lost the first set in the tie-break, before inflicting a 6-0, 6-0 on the Estonian! Author of 17 aces (for 6 double faults) and 68% of first serves, Karolina Pliskova never lost her service during this game. She had to save seven break points in the first set (including 4 at 3-3), while her opponent won all his service games without problem, and therefore played the tie-break. A tiebreak where Kanepi trailed 5-4 but eventually won 7-5. And suddenly, the black hole! The Estonian has not scored a game, conceding three breaks in five occasions in the second set, and three breaks in three occasions in the last. Pliskova concluded with a shutout this meeting that she probably did not think was so easy at the end of the first set, and here she is in the second round, against Siniakova or Andreescu.

Kasatkina stronger than Kalinina

Another seed made it through the first round, in the person of Daria Kasatkina (n°6) against Anhelina Kalinina. In a necessarily special match, between a Russian and a Ukrainian (but the atmosphere was good, Kasatkina notably bringing ice cream to Kalinina when she twisted her ankle at the start of the second set), the better ranked of the two l won 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in 2:16. In this match marked by eleven breaks, the Ukrainian won the first set 7-5 after being down 5-3, but Kasatkina quickly reacted by starting the second set with a 3-0, then maintaining his lead until the end. In the third, Kalinina held until 1-1, but then broke completely, conceding five straight games. Kasatkina will face either Zanevska or Alexandrova in the next round.

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