Karolina Pliskova News
Young Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece survived a marathon five-set match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia to move into the third round of the Australian Open. In other major matches, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and No. 6 seed Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic posted easy wins in the second round in Melbourne on Thursday. Here we take a look at some of the top action from Day 4 of the Australian Open.
Halep claimed the Italian Open in Rome on Monday after second seed Karolina Pliskova retired from the final with injury when she was down 6-0, 2-1. Victory gave Halep her first title in Rome and her third consecutive title of the year after wins in Dubai -- before the COVID-19 hiatus -- and Prague last month. Halep will head to Roland Garros as one of the firm favourites with world number one Ash Barty and U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka both skipping the tournament this year.
Top seed Karolina Pliskova and number two seed Sofia Kenin crashed out of the Western and Southern Open on Sunday. Czech Pliskova lost 7-5, 6-4 to Russia`s Veronika Kudermetova, while Australian Open champion Kenin lost 6-1, 7-6(7) to France's Alize Cornet. The Western and Southern Open is a key tune-up event to the upcoming US Open, beginning from August 31.