Eighth seed Karolina Pliskova beat Tereza Martincova 6-3, 6-3 within the battle of Czechs on Court Two to maneuver into the last-16 at Wimbledon on Friday.
Former world primary Pliskova fell on the first hurdle within the tune-up tournaments in Berlin and Eastbourne final month however the 29-year-old has but to drop a set at Wimbledon.
The final time the 2 met was within the first spherical of the US Open in 2019 and there was little to separate them, with Pliskova advancing solely after profitable tiebreaks in two units.
Although Pliskova made 36 unforced errors and 9 double faults, she fired 30 winners past her compatriot who struggled along with her first serve and managed to transform just one break level alternative.
While others normally go for the cautious second serve, Pliskova’s excessive double fault rely was a results of going for a powerful second serve which has moved her to the highest of the aces charts with 22 within the event.
Pliskova, who has reached not less than the quarter-finals of each Grand Slam barring Wimbledon, will play both American Sloane Stephens or Russian wildcard Liudmila Samsonova within the subsequent spherical.
Swiatek eyes dream double after crushing Begu
Only 4 ladies have received Wimbledon having additionally clinched the junior title, however Iga Swiatek is trying an more and more good guess so as to add her title to that record after storming into the fourth spherical with a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday.
Former French Open champion Swiatek’s relentless stress sport crushed her Romanian opponent in a blink of a watch in a one-sided demolition on Court 12.
Poland’s Swiatek, seeded seven, suffocated her opponent from the begin to attain the final 16 along with her third straight-sets victory.
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While she clinched the junior title on the All England Club in 2018, she arrived at Wimbledon this 12 months having beforehand received just one senior match on grass, however now appears to be like very a lot at dwelling on the slick lawns.
So a lot so, that it now appears a practical chance that she may be part of Ann Jones (1956), Karen Hantze (1960), Martina Hingis (1994) and Amelie Mauresmo (1996) by backing up her junior title with the actual deal.
Not that she is letting that distract her.
The 20-year-old, who received the Roland Garros title in 2020, dropped solely eight factors on serve towards Begu and half of them got here in only one sport.
She broke her opponent twice to race into a 5-0 lead, earlier than Begu lastly held serve, after which confirmed some grit to go along with the punishing consistency of her groundstrokes when she saved three break factors to carry and take the primary set.
The second set was much more one-sided as Swiatek swept away the dying embers of Begu’s resistance to romp into the following spherical.
Next up for Swiatek shall be an encounter with former champion Garbine Muguruza or Tunisian Ons Jabeur.