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Australian Open: Karolina Pliskova knocked out by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Karolina Pliskova has yet to win a Grand Slam – the closest she came was when she reached the final of the US Open in 2016
2020 Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
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Second seed Karolina Pliskova has been knocked out of the Australian Open in a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) third-round loss to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Pliskova’s struggled with her returning game against the 30th seed who had lost their previous six matches.

The 75-minute first set, which saw only two of the 16 break points converted, was decided in a tie-break when the Czech made an error on her forehand.

Another Pliskova forehand error gave the Russian victory in Melbourne.

“I’m really happy, but will realise it later because I’m still focusing on the next point,” joked 28-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist last year.

“I did enjoy the match – to beat Karolina for the first time was amazing.

“I won the Australian junior title twice, it makes me think I can win the senior crown.”

Pavlyuchenkova will next play 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who was made to fight by Camila Giorgi but managed to win 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.

It was a battle between Giorgi’s aggression and Kerber’s defence with the Italian’s 65 unforced errors key as the German 17th seed went through.

Article courtesy of BBC Sport
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