Karolína Plíšková at the tournament in Dubai in a match with Markéta Vondrousová on February 20, 2023.
Dubai – Karolína Plíšková won the match between Czech female tennis players in the first round of the tournament in Dubai. She defeated last year's semi-finalist Markéta Vondroušová 6:3 and 6:4. Karolína Muchová also advanced, beating the American Bernarda Pera 6:1 and 6:4.
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The 30-year-old Plíšková entered the match with a serve loss, but eventually defeated Vondroušová in the third match between them. In addition, the former world number one with a compatriot who is seven years younger still hasn't lost a set.
In the second round, Plíšková will face sixth seed Maria Sakkariová from Greece. With her, the finalist of the Dubai tournament from 2015 has an even balance of two wins and losses. The last time they met was last year in Toronto, where the Czech player was successful in three sets.
Muchová won the first set in half an hour and at the beginning of the second set she immediately took her opponent's serve and took the lead 2:0. She maintained the advantage until the end and did not offer Pera a single break point in the match.
The next opponent of the former 19th player in the world, who also flashed today with a successful shot between her legs with her back to the net, will be the Romanian Sorana Cirsteaová. In the only match so far, the currently ranked 112th player in the world beat her two years ago at the US Open in three sets.
Dubai Women's Tennis Tournament
(hard court, $2,788,468 endowment)
Singles – Round 1:
Muchová (Czech Republic) – Peraová (USA) 6:1, 6:4, Kalininová (Ukr.) – Kuděrmětová (10-Rus.) 6:3, 5:7, 7:5, Cirsteaová (Roman. ) – Haddadová Maiaová (11-Brazil) 4:6, 7:6 (9:7), 7:5, Bogdanová (Romania) – Siegemundová (Germany) 7:5, 6:3, Karolína Plíšková – Vondroušová (both Czech Republic) 6:3, 6:4, Ostapenková (13-Lot.) – Zavacka (Ukr.) 6:1, 6:4, Liuová (16-USA) – Rogersová (USA) ) 6:4, 6:4, Azarenkova (15-Belarus) – Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 6:3, 7:5, Davis (USA) – Teichmann (Switzerland) 6:4, 4:6, 6: 3, Sasnovičová (Belarus) – Masárová (Sp.) 2:6, 6:4, 6:4, Putintsevová (Kaz.) – Martičová (Croatia) 6:4, 0:6, 6:2.
Doubles – 1st round:
Zvonareva, Yang Chao-süan (7-Russia/China) – Bouzková, Haddad Maia (Czech Republic/Brazil) 6:1, 6:1, Niculescu, Zimmermann (Romania/Belgium) – L. Fruhvirtová, Kanepiová (Czech Republic/Est.) 3:6, 6: 4, 11:9 .