Initially seed Karolina Pliskova received a roaring get started to her bid for a maiden Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open on Monday, downing very first-round opponent Anhelina Kalinina six-four six- to kick off the action in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 28-12 months-previous Czech, who led the WTA in aces in 4 of the final 5 many years, struggled with an uncharacteristically uneven serve in the very first set, committing 3 double faults to give her unseeded opponent a fighting likelihood.
But Pliskova, the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, located her footing in the 2nd set, winning all her very first-serve factors and committing just a single unforced error, as her Ukrainian opponent was left scrambling.
“I consider my game was fairly fantastic for a very first round,” explained Pliskova, the planet quantity 3, who played in front of empty stands with crowd noise piped in as the tournament is remaining held devoid of followers due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“For confident I favor to have individuals all-around me,” she extra.
Former champion Kerber eases into 2nd round
Meanwhile, Former champion Angelique Kerber returned to action for the very first time in 7 months and beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic six-four six-four to attain the 2nd round.
The 17th-seeded German, who entered the match possessing not competed due to the fact the fourth round of the Australian Open, overcame a shaky get started on serve and received far better as the 88-minute match at Louis Armstrong Stadium wore on.
Kerber, a 3-instances Grand Slam champion who triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2016, traded breaks with Tomljanovic by way of the very first 4 video games of the match and then located her footing to consider above the match.
The German southpaw converted all 3 break stage probabilities to pull ahead five-four and then went on to serve out at adore to grab the very first set.
In the 2nd, Kerber settled into a groove and broke her opponent twice ahead of sealing the win on her third match stage when a Tomljanovic forehand sailed extended.