French Open: Karolina Pliskova survives scare, Simona Halep through
Karolina Pliskova edged out Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Simona Halep strolled into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Tatjana MariaUpdated: Jun 02, 2017 22:39 IST
Second seed Karolina Pliskova survived a see-saw encounter against unheralded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the third round of the French Open for the first time.
A U.S. Open finalist last year, the Czech world number three looked to be cruising to victory after clinching the first set in 20 minutes.
Pliskova, who has won two titles this season, inexplicably lost her rhythm in the second set and her unforced errors started to mount up as Alexandrova displayed her staying power in the baseline rallies.
The Russian world number 86 wasted a setpoint at 5-3 but made amends in the next game to level the match.
Pliskova, though, was in no mood for any further drama. She broke midway through the third set and settled the contest on her second match point.
Simona Halep strolled into the third round with a no-nonsense 6-4, 6-3 victory against unheralded German Tatjana Maria on Thursday.
The Romanian third seed, who reached the Roland Garros final in 2014, was no match for world number 102 Maria, who bowed out on the first match point on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Halep never seemed bothered by the ankle problem that could have ruled her out of the tournament.
She next faces Russian 26th seed Daria Kasatkina.
First Published: Jun 02, 2017 00:43 IST