Pliskova rallies to reach Open quarter-finals

Pliskova rallies to reach Open quarter-finals

Drawn against Naomi Osaka on Monday - an opponent no-one enjoys playing because of her heavy and unpredictable strokes - she handed out a 6-3, 6-2 thrashing, thus reminding the rest of the field that she is still in the mix.

Pliskova, 25, beat fellow Czech and 20th seed Barbora Strycova 6-7 6-3 6-2 in a night session match lasting two hours, 41 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

"Pliskova is always risky".

"She didn't play anything, like, any ideal shot". Now I'm more confident.' When asked what was on her mind about getting treatment for her ankle after the tournament, Halep said, 'I don't know.

The Romanian beat the Czech in three sets in their only Grand Slam encounter, on clay in the semi-final at Roland Garros last season.

The same can be said for Zverev, who has been hailed as the leader of the tennis new guard but has now failed to go beyond the fourth round in 11 Grand Slams. Djokovic and Chung have met only once, when Djokovic beat him in straight sets in the first round at Melbourne Park two years ago.

"I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam", he said.

The German is the only major victor left in the draw but 17th seed Keys has enjoyed an nearly unnoticed, impressive run without dropping a set.

It served to fire up Pliskova who made the first service break in the first game of the second set and began to negate Strycova s all-action approach before securing the set 6-3.

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"I was fine. Obviously the first set took me some energy, some power".

"It's a completely different match".

He spent six months off the tour past year with a right elbow injury and said he waited until just before the tournament began to decide if he was fit enough to play.

"I have to serve well".

"I think she has an ability to cover the court and anticipate like really no one else does", Keys said of Kerber.

But I knew what I have to do, and I did it very well.' Speaking about her ankle injury, Halep said, 'First day after the match was pretty okay. He's won five tour-level titles, but never gone beyond the fourth round at a major.

But she said she would have a game plan for Halep. I think she'll do one better and reach the semifinals for the first time. It's going to be about me.

"I have to play well to win and I will do anything for that".

"I have to have some winners, some aces against her - I have to get my mindset ready for this".

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