Karolina Pliskova – the better of the two Czech sisters – always gives the impression she is about to make a major statement in her sport, yet too often fails to deliver. Still, the world No 3 has cruised into the third round of the 2019 US Open, the first to get there because of the rain delays on Wednesday, and she looks in the mood to go further.
Pliskova took 66 minutes to beat the Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4 and said courtside: “I’m for sure happy that my serve was better than in the first match,” referring to her error-strewn struggle to overcome her compatriot Tereza Martincova in two nerve-jangling tie-breaks.
In that match on Monday, her renowned serve did not click to her satisfaction, although she still had too much power for the 25-year-old qualifier ranked 138 in the world.
Bolkvadze is ranked 202 in the world and gave Pliskova only token resistance, although the winner was gracious enough to say: “I think she was playing quite solid in the second set. She was starting to get in there,…