Tennis player Karolína Plíšková did not manage a three-set battle with Hailey Baptiste at the WTA 1000 elite category tournament in Guadalajara and was eliminated in the second round in Mexico.
The thirty-one-year-old former world number one did not use a match point in the match, and she lost to an opponent ten years younger, who is ranked 174th in the world rankings, 6:7, 7:5, 6:7 after almost three hours.
She also lost the second mutual match with the American, at the end of July she also lost the first round duel in Washington in three sets.
Plíšková, the sixteenth seed, did not manage the important ends of the sets today and confirmed her black record this year in the tie-breaks, in which she succeeded only once.
She was unable to serve out the first set at 5:4 and Baptiste won it in a tie-break 7:5.
In the second set, the native of Loun gave hope. She wasted a 3-0 lead when her opponent turned five games in a row to 5-3. But even she was unable to complete the set, and the Czech player finally leveled the match after another turn.
However, the same problems were repeated at the end of the match. Plíšková led 5:2, at 5:3 she missed a match point on her serve, she let Baptiste hold on and the tie-break was decided again, again with a winning end for the American.
Plíšková won two matches in a row for the last time in April at the tournament in Stuttgart.
Guadalajara Women’s Tennis Tournament (hard surface, $2,788,468 endowment):
Singles – 1st round: Azarenkova (10-Bel.) – Montgomery (USA) 6:1, 6:1, Giorgio (It.) – Šarífová (14-Eg.) 7:5, 6:3, Frechová (Pol. .) – Osoriová (Col.) 6:1, 6:2, Hunterová (Austria) – Šymanovičová (Belarus) 6:3, 6:4, Dolehideová – Stearnsová (both USA) 6:7 (1:7) , 7:6 (7:5), 7:6 (7:2), Kostyukova (Ukraine) – Fungova (Can.) 6:3, 2:6, 6:0, Navarro – Mateasova (both USA) 6 :0, 6:4.
2nd round: Baptiste (USA) – Karolina Plíšková (16-CR) 7:6 (7:5), 5:7, 7:6 (7:4), Trevisanová (It.) – Paoliniová (15-It.) 7:5, 6:2.
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