|2020 Australian Open|
|Venue:Melbourne ParkDates: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-spherical loss to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Pliskova struggled with her returning game in opposition to the 30th seed who had lost their old six fits.
The 75-minute first dilemma noticed excellent two of the 16 atomize parts converted before Pavlyuchenkova won the tie-atomize.
Pliskova might perchance well well now not convert two dilemma parts in the second dilemma after which lost a second tie-atomize to exit.
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There become once one more shock as Swiss sixth seed Belinda Bencic become once blown away by Estonia’sAnett Kontaveit, dropping 6-0 6-1 in excellent 49 minutes on Margaret Court docket Arena.
Kontaveit, the 28th seed, won the indispensable 9 games as she fully dominated final year’s US Open semi-finalist.
She can now play 18-year-outmoded PoleIga Swiatekwho defeated 19th seed Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-5 6-3. Sooner than Melbourne, the teen had now not been past the second-spherical stage at a Colossal Slam.
Plsikova’s conqueror Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist final year, joked in her on-court docket interview: “I’m if truth be told tickled, but will realise it later this capacity that of I’m silent focusing on the following level.
“I did experience the match – to beat Karolina for the indispensable time become once very honest genuine.
“I won the Australian junior title twice, it makes me judge I will acquire the senior crown.”
Pavlyuchenkova will subsequent play 2016 championAngelique Kerber, who become once made to fight by Camila Giorgi but managed to acquire 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 6-3.
It become once a fight between Giorgi’s aggression and Kerber’s defence with the Italian’s 65 unforced errors key because the German 17th seed went through.