Karolina Pliskova, the choicest candidate in this year’s season, was surprisingly eliminated in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament by her loss to the 50th world player – Caroline Garcia. This shocking event just happened in the match on the 3rd September.
Although Pliskova is one of a few top European players competing in this Grand Slam tournament in North American, things didn’t seem to go well with her. She was knocked out in the opening match at the WTA Western & Southern Open last week, and bad luck still followed her in the second round of the US Open a couple days before.
This Czech player got only one winner but already lost 15 points to her rival Garcia in the first set. After being taken a 0-5 lead, Pliskova quickly lost with a 1/6 difference right from the game’s start.
With a high hope that the start of the second set would help her reverse the situation, Pliskova had tried hard and led the game with 40-15 by two set-points on Garcia’s serve. Her efforts ended up putting this match into a draw, but it soon went into waste with a sub-score of 7-2 in the tie-break set.
In the interview, Garcia said after she had defeated Pliskova: “I knew I could cause her some troubles. She has plenty of confidence in the serves, so I choose to focus on the returns. Thus, I try to ping it as much as possible.”
Karolina Pliskova was the one to make it to the US Open finale in the year 2016 after Serena Williams’s elimination. As for Garcia, she was once in the top 4 of the world’s record despite her 50th ranking. Besides, since Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep are absent, many people now see Pliskova as the best nominee in this year’s competition.
In the first round of this year, the US Open witnessed these female players’ incredible stability as all the top 24 candidates won. However, the result went differently in the second round with four eliminations of the top 16 seeds, including Pliskova, Elena Rybakina, Marketa Vondrousova, and Alison Riske.
Although being in the same semifinals with Pliskova, Naomi Osaka easily defeated Camilla Giorgi serving at 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. This Japanese fourth-ranked player made only 11 mistakes in that match.