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Melbourne | Pliskova shakes off Strycova

If Simona Halep was awake in the early hours of Tuesday morning, she would have learned that her opponent in the quarter-final of the Australian Open will be Karolina Pliskova, who shook off her persistent countrywoman Barbora Strycova, 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2. The World No 1 has spent a shade under eight hours on court in four matches so far, including an epic 3hr 44min against Lauren Davis on Saturday, which the Romanian won 15-13 in the final...

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Singapore | Wozniacki wins through to final

Caroline Wozniacki proved yet again what an extraordinary competitor she is on a tennis court by beating Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6(9) 6-3 on Saturday evening in Singapore. The win earned the Dane a place in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. It took nerves of steel in a see-saw match against the year’s best server on the WTA Tour, but Wozniacki was up to the task and strung enough together to pull off the victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The world No 6 is making a return to the final of...

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Singapore | Ostapenko stuns Pliskova

A young woman from Latvia threw a cat amongst the pigeons on Thursday in Singapore when she took out a player who looked to be a shoe-in for the title. Jelena Ostapenko leaves the season-ending championships having gained valuable experience and recognition for the remarkable player that she is. She had lost her two previous encounters in the White Group, the first to Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets but she grabbed a set off Venus Williams before being downed in what was probably the match of the tournament. On the afternoon of Day 5, she then emphatically took out...

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Singapore | Pliskova and Muguruza take early leads

The WTA Finals kicked-off in Singapore on Sunday with Karolina Pliskova taking on Venus Williams and the No 1 World Ranking up for grabs. It is the 47th edition of the year-ending championships of the WTA Tour, now known as BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. As has been the case several times this season, the No 1 ranking is on the line again and the fact that seven of the eight players can walk away from the tournament with the top spot means the stakes are higher than...

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US Open Day 8 | CoCo wins as Pliskova blitzes

CoCo Vandeweghe kept her hopes alive at the US Open on Labor Day by defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets and setting up a quarter-final meeting with Karolina Pliskova. Vandeweghe, claiming her 6th victory in 13 defeats against a left-hander, started with back to back double faults offering Safarova a break point but the American rescued it with a big serve that the Czech pushed wide. The same scene repeated at 2-2 when Vandeweghe gifted a second chance to break with a forehand long before saving that, delivering one of her massive forehands that Safarova struggled to...

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US Open Day 6 | Pliskova survives Zhang scare

Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a World No 1 as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6 7-5 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai in the US Open third round on Saturday. The currently occupying top spot, Pliskova, who has a pack snapping at her heels to take it over, needs to get back into the final to remain at the summit of the WTA rankings, but she got off to a slow start on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Day 6 of US Open is the turning point towards the sharp end of the tournament...

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US Open Day 2 | Pliskova starts her campaign in the shadow of Sharapova

Like the Big Apple, the US Open has a chaotic, flashy and electric vibe — the night sessions under lights, the flamboyant outfits and the gruelling hard courts make for a thrilling two weeks. Despite the withdrawal of so many stellar names, the US Open set an all-time opening day and night attendance record on Monday, with a combined 61,839 fans coming through the gates of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, hardly surprising with Shania Twain headlining the opening ceremony and Maria Sharapova’s return. It was a sellout crowd, in fact – 38,068 during the day...

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