Unseeded Kristyna Pliskova came back from dropping a one-sided first set to stun No.2 seed Petra Kvitova at the Volvo Car Open. Pliskova needed just under two hours to prevail in the all-lefty, all-Czech battle, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Pliskova struggled to hold her serve in the opening set – although she was able to break Kvitova in the opening exchanges, Pliskova didn’t win a single service game as Kvitova powered ahead to four breaks of serve, reeling off five games in a row in the lopsided 6-1 set.
She raised her level considerably in the second set as Kvitova seemed to slump, flipping the script around and reeling off four straight games of her own. Pliskova got ahead to a 2-0 lead in the third set as well, backing it up to break again at 5-1. She needed seven match points to get the job done as Kvitova put together a late comeback – even getting one of the breaks back – but she held firm to take the victory after an hour and 51 minutes.
Kvitova’s unforced error count grew exponentially as the match went on, with the majority of her 44 errors – including nine double faults – coming in the last two sets alone. For her part, Pliskova stayed on the offense, striking
24 winners and 32 unforced errors.