Hotly tipped Pliskova beginning to believe

first_img$15 shirt man Evans hoping for new kit deal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic manages her hair on a windy morning during a press conference following last night victory in the women’s single final match against Alize Cornet of France at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 8, 2017. AFP File photoFifth seed Karolina Pliskova continued her impressive march through the Australian Open Thursday, and is beginning to believe she could be on track for a Grand Slam to remember.The towering Czech star dished out a 6-0, 6-2 lesson to hapless Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova in the second round and has only dropped four games so far in two matches.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims It was her first match against a top 10 opponent and she was out of her depth, struggling with her first serve and her returning.Power server Pliskova gave no ground and raced through the first set in just 25 minutes, with Blinkova winning only 12 points.Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old was in no mood to give an inch and romped 4-0 in front in the second set before Blinkova finally held serve.She raised her arm in the air and got huge cheers from the crowd, and then held serve for a second time before Pliskova wrapped up a routine victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ She hasn’t lost this year, lifting the trophy in this month’s Brisbane International, and her confidence is running high.“I’m feeling pretty good on the court, confident. I have some matches already that I won this year. I didn’t lose yet, which is also a good thing,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think I’m playing good, even though the opponents were not that high level, I would say.“Third round is going to definitely be more tough than the first two. Also people are saying I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but we are just in third round, so let’s see.” Awaiting her next is Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who upset 31st seed Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.If she beats Ostapenko, as form suggests she will, a potential quarter-final against third seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be within Pliskova’s sights.But the Czech star, who broke through last year in making the US Open final, losing to Angelique Kerber, is taking nothing for granted.“I’m expecting a tough match, but hopefully I can still improve my level and play it a bit better,” she said of Ostapenko. “Hopefully it’s going to be enough.”Blinkova, in her Grand Slam debut aged only 18 and ranked 189 in the world, never stood a chance in warm sunshine on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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