Pliskova challenged but not defeated by Hsieh at Wimbledon

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Fresh Eastbourne champion Karolina Pliskova increased her winning streak to eight matches by surviving upset specialist Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3 2-6 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon.

Karolina Pliskova Wimbledon 2019

The match was Pliskova’s toughest victory this grass-court season. One break of serve, in the eighth game of the match, was enough for the third-seeded Pliskova to win the first set in 29 minutes. The Czech converted none of her five break points in the second set, as the 28th-seeded Hsieh moved her around the court and continued to show dropshot mastery to claim the set. The decider was another tightly-contested affair, but after Pliskova saved two break points to consolidate her lead to 3-1, even though Hsieh stayed competitive until the very end, it was the higher ranked player that progressed this time.

The former world No.1 Pliskova is probably the toughest obstacle one can face at the moment, but the player from Chinese Taipei was a worthy opponent whose positive spirit makes her one of the most likable personalities on tour. Just look at this Wimbledon interview that made my day yesterday:

Pliskova’s fourth-round opponent will be compatriot Karolina Muchova, ranked 68th in the world, who showed calmness and poise in her 7-6(7) 6-3 victory over 20th seed Anett Kontaveit.

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