2016 Aegon Open

Pliskova scoops important win

Czech survives early scare

Karolina Pliskova bounced back from her disastrous French Open but was made to work hard to reach the 2nd Round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

The top seed, a wildcard after becoming an opening round casualty at Roland Garros, was given a scare before overcoming Anastasija Sevastova 6-7(5) 6-0 6-2 in 95 minutes.

Eastbourne-bound Pliskova, who was felled by American Shelby Rogers on the red clay in Paris, was struggling to find her rhythm against Austrian Sevastova – beaten by the low bounce.

And the Czech lost her way in the opening set tiebreak to trail the world #82.

But the Monaco-based ace stepped up a gear and finally got her footwork sorted to claim the next two sets for the loss of just two games.

“I improved a little bit after losing the first set, and I was more aggressive on her serve. I’m happy with the way the last two sets went.”

Thundering down nine aces during the contest, Pliskova added: “It helps so much if you can hit an ace, or even just hit a good first serve that you can close with an easy shot.

“Even if I’d lost, it would have been good to have a match to start the grass court season.

“I just want to have more matches on grass, because we don’t have any grass courts in the Czech Republic for practice, so I just want to hit as many balls as I can here in England.”

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