Wimbledon

Pliskova lives up to favourite tag with strong start

2017-07-04 19:34
Karolina Pliskova (Getty Images)

London - Karolina Pliskova underlined why she is the bookmakers' favourite to win Wimbledon as the world number three crushed Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday.

With defending champion Serena Williams sidelined due to the impending birth of her first child, there is a power vacuum at the top of women's tennis and Pliskova could be poised to fill it.

The 25-year-old Czech emerged as a potential star when she reached the US Open final last year and she has followed up on that breakthrough by making the French Open semi-finals last month.

Pliskova showed her grass-court prowess by winning the Wimbledon warm-up at Eastbourne last week and looked at home on Court One at the All England Club as she demolished Russian world number 80 Rodina in just 71 minutes.

Hoping to reach the Wimbledon third round for the first time, Pliskova will face Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in the last 64.

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the second day of the 2017 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeding):

Men

1st rd

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/3)

Milos Raonic (CAN x6) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-2, 7-5, 6-4

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5

Albert Ramos (ESP x25) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Jack Sock (USA x17) bt Christian Garn (CHI) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Alexander Zverev (GER x10) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt James Ward (GBR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Mischa Zverev (GER x27) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 3-0 -- retired

Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Nicols Jarry (CHI) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-3

David Ferrer (ESP) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x22) 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Steve Darcis (BEL) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Gael Monfils (FRA x15) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Alex Ward (GBR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

Yuichi Sugita (JPN) bt Brydan Klein (GBR) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0

Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x29) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt Vctor Estrella (DOM) 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

Adam Pavlsek (CZE) bt Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 6-7 (7/9), 6-1, 6-3, 6-1

Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 6-3, 2-0 -- retired

Women

1st rd

Angelique Kerber (GER x1) bt Irina Falconi (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-4, 6-3

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Julia Boserup (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x23) 7-6 (7/4), 7-5

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Magda Linette (POL) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) bt Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 6-2, 7-5

Garbie Muguruza (ESP x14) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 6-2, 6-4

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x9) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 7-6 (7/3), 6-0

Christina McHale (USA) bt Katie Boulter (GBR) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Lauren Davis (USA x28) 6-4, 7-5

Polona Hercog (SLO) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-2, 6-1

Karolna Plskov (CZE x3) bt Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 6-4

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 6-4, 6-1

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN x30) 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-1

Petra Martic (CRO) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS x20) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8

Denisa Allertov (CZE) bt Risa Ozaki (JPN) 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-3

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Xinyun Han (CHN) 6-3, 6-4

Arina Rodionova (AUS) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x16) 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 9-7

Alison Riske (USA) bt Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 7-5

Tatjana Malek (GER) bt Anastasia Potapova (RUS) 6-3, 2-2 -- retired

Coco Vandeweghe (USA x24) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 7-5, 6-2

Darya Kasatkina (RUS x29) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-2, 6-4

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