Pliskova avenges Wimbledon loss, sets up Anisimova showdown in San Jose

SAN JOSE, California– No. 8-seeded Karolina Pliskova bounced back from a set to defeat Katie Boulter 1-6 7-6(5) 6-3 in the first round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. With the win, Pliskova grabbed a two -Match loss to the Boulter, including back-to-back defeats on the pitch at Eastbourne and Wimbledon in the last month.

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Since then she plays her first match Separation with coach Sascha Bajin, Pliskova overcame a difficult service day to fend off Boulter and claim her first hardcourt win of the season. The heavy-serving Czech hit 16 double faults, the most she’s hit in a WTA match.

At number 127, Boulter sped through the opening set to win it 6-1 in just 28 minutes. After going 0-3 with break points in the first set, Pliskova turned quickly in the second set, breaking Boulter three times to build a 5-1 lead.

Boulter’s comeback falls short: Boulter would recover from being behind in the second set to come within two points of the win. She won four straight games to level the set 5-5. After breaking through Pliskova’s base defense with a steady barrage of forehand winners, Boulter would serve with a mini-break advantage at 5-4 in the tiebreak.

But Boulter couldn’t capitalize on her advantage. Serving at 4-5, Pliskova found two untunable serves to set the target and converted a Boulter forehand error to force a decider.

“I found the first two sets a bit strange because I thought she played really well in the first set,” said Pliskova. “Then she started missing more early in the second set and I started playing better, especially on my serve and return. Then it quickly went back to 5-5. It was definitely a bad serve day for me today.”

After a break substitution early in the third set, Pliskova finally gained an insurmountable advantage as she gave Boulter a 5-3 lead for the third time in the set. This time the former No.1 left nothing to chance and served up the win after 2 hours and 13 minutes.

“I’m glad it’s over. Hopefully I don’t see her anymore,” laughed Pliskova, referring to her recent record against Boulter.

Statistics of the game: To date, Pliskova has had the most double faults in a game in Seoul 2014, where she scored the 14th goal against Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals. Pliskova went on to win the tournament.

Pliskova on her change of coach: “I felt like we weren’t moving away from one place. I’m the type of player who tries to look for solutions, for different strategies, and not just stay like that. Of course, maybe it’s the right way, but I don’t know. I don’t think being 30 years old is the right way.

“So I decided to change, also my fitness trainer, because it was the same people around me. It was almost two years with Sascha, that was incredible. I have no problem with him. He gave me a lot, but I just wanted to hear something new and different things.”

next up: Pliskova meets Amanda Anisimova in the second round. The 20-year-old American opened the tournament with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win over wildcard Ashlyn Krueger.

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