(Melbourne) In a Czech duel, sixth seed Karolina Pliskova was surprised 7-5, 7-5 by Karolina Muchova in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
Muchova impressed by closing a 0-5 delay in the second set.
Pliskova did a lot of damage to her own cause, committing 10 double faults in total.
Seeded number 25, Muchova prevailed 6-4 for breakages.
” I am a bit sad [pour Karolina], Muchova said. We are very good friends. Having said that, it’s a game. I think we were both a little nervous. ”
Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina from Ukraine won 6-4, 6-0 ahead of Kazakhe Yulia Putintseva.
Svitolina had the advantage 6-2 for the breakage against Putintseva, 28e in the world.
Her next rival will be the American Jessica Pegula, who defeats the French Kristina Mladenovic, 6-2 and 6-1.
Ranked 61e globally and a native of Buffalo, Pegula is the daughter of Kim and Terry Pegula, who own the Bills and Sabers.
On the men’s side, the schedule for the day in Melbourne was favorable for two high seeds.
Fourth seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev let a two-set lead slip away and he struggled to defeat Serbian Filip Krajinovic in five sets of 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6- 0.
Medvedev needed three hours six minutes to get rid of his opponent and he won a five-set opener in seven attempts.
The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth seed, meanwhile did not last too long at the John Cain Arena, defeating the Swede Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in one hour 34 minutes.
Russian Andrey Rublev (No.7) spent two minutes less on the pitch than Tsitsipas, triumphing in three sets of 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 at the expense of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
In mixed doubles, Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Croatia’s Mate Pavic beat Australians Ivana Popovic and Aleksandar Vukic, 6-1 and 6-1.