2015 Aegon International

Pliskova hits a high five

Karolina Pliskova, fresh from finishing runner-up at Birmingham’s Aegon Classic on Sunday, reeled off the last five games on the trot to see off Australian Casey Dellacqua.

The Court #2 battle was brought to an abrupt halt when the Czech ace turned on the style to triumph 6-4 7-5.

There was every probability that Pliskova may not appear at Eastbourne given her impressive grass court season, but she gave 100 percent as the consummate professional she is.

However, it took time for her to excite the crowd with her big ground strokes and power game.

Pliskova, a natural on grass, broke her opponent in the seventh game that proved to be enough to run away with the opening set.

But gutsy Dellacqua was in no mood to surrender on an outside court and piled on the pressure. Her tactics paid dividends as she raced into a 3-0 lead.

With this cushion the Australian appeared to have the second set within her grasp as 5-2.

Then the rot set in and Pliskova was keen to win every point as though her life depended on it.

Pliskova collected the next two games without dropping a point and then soared through the next three games to recover and book a last 16 place.

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