With her fiancé watching her from the stands, the newly-engaged world No.1 Karolina Pliskova made a sluggish start to her US Open campaign, even though her 6-2 6-1 first-round result against world No.72 Magda Linette doesn’t reflect it.
Playing as top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career, Pliskova’s performance was below par in the first set, as she struggled with serve and unforced errors. In-between sets the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed because a few drops of rain visited the court and in the indoor conditions Pliskova’s performance continued to be the same, as the Czech did march to a 4-1 lead, but her game was simply not confident and strong enough. The length of sets, 38 minutes and 40 minutes, proves that Pliskova’s win wasn’t easy, as well as the fact that Linette had as many as ten opportunities to break the big-serving Czech’s serve.
To retain her top ranking, the Fila-clad Pliskova needs to go all the way to the US Open final, to defend her last year’s runner-up points.