Karolina Pliskova pleased to find her groove at ‘super huge’ and ‘super empty’ Arthur Ashe Stadium
Number one seed Karolina Pliskova dropped serve in her first game at this year’s US Open but recovered to dispatch Anhelina Kalinina.
The world No 3 promoted to top billing following the withdrawals of Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, won 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour inside the vast, empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The tournament in New York is being played behind closed doors with just a handful of support staff in attendance.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 31, 2020
The 28-year-old Czech, beaten early on at last week’s Western & Southern Open, said: “I felt better than in my previous match last week. I think the centre court is better place to play.
“I mean, it’s still without people, but I just felt somehow a little better. And I had a lot of practice on this court, so I felt just quite used to it.
“Also, just to play without people, I think that even though I just had one match without people, I thought it helped me just to know how it feels.
“I still have my team. I mean, it’s super huge and it still feels super empty, but I feel like there is at least the player boxes where they stay, so I felt like there were at least couple people watching there.”
With six of the women’s top 10 missing the tournament due to coronavirus concerns, Pliskova will surely not have a better chance of going one better than her final appearance in 2016 and claiming a first grand slam title.
She will face Caroline Garcia of France in the next round.
Two former Wimbledon champions, Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova, also reached the second round with little fuss.
Kerber, the 2018 winner at SW19, beat Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia, the German 17th seed prevailing 6-4, 6-4.
Two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova came through against Irina-Camelia Begu, the sixth seed winning 6-3, 6-2.
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Czech Republic vs England: Three Lions looking for response to Scotland disappointment
England need to beat Czech Republic to win Euro 2020 group.
Rafael Nadal ‘exhausted’ and close to ‘mental fatigue’ after draining clay-court season, says his coach
“He is going to take a well-deserved rest,” says Carlos Moya.
No Wimbledon mixed doubles with Serena Williams for Andy Murray as he confirms ‘singles is enough for me’
Andy Murray will play singles for first time since 2017.
Contenders for the Wimbledon women’s title: From Simona Halep to Serena Williams and Coco Gauff
Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon will look very different this year – here is what to expect at the 2021 Championships
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the finals.
Contenders for the Wimbledon men’s title: From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer and a dark horses
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon’s home away from home regulation ‘will be very odd’ for British No 1 Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws.
Five Wimbledon talking points: A potential last hurrah for Andy Murray while Serena Williams goes for history
The Championships are back after the 2020 break.
Ons Jabeur creates a slice of tennis history with a win in the LTA Viking Classic
Ons Jabeur earned herself a place in the history books.
Shock result in Halle Open final as Andrey Rublev is beaten
Ugo Humbert stunned Andrey Rublev to lift Halle Open title.