Yesterday on Louis Armstrong Stadium it was Aga, today Ana.
Despite good lead-ups to every Grand Slam this year and a lot of match wins, including landmark matches, Ana Ivanovic simply hasn’t brought her best performance to majors. Following her runner-up finish at the Premier-level Cincinnati, Ivanovic lost in the second round of the US Open to Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-4. Another case of her famous overthinking? That’s what the eighth-seeded Serb said in the post-match press conference, that she’s been excessively analyzing at Grand Slams and that she’s going to work on fixing that.
The 42nd-ranked Pliskova played aggressively, seized on every opportunity to dictate rallies and reached her first third round of a Grand Slam. As the Czech said after the triumph, it was probably her best match of the year, or even of her whole career. Don’t forget, Ivanovic came to the US Open as a WTA leader in match wins this season and with her first-round victory she increased that number by one, to 48. (photo: Jimmie48)