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No. 1 woman Karolina Pliskova knocked out of US Open

No. 1 woman Karolina Pliskova knocked out of US Open”

Garcia, who had 30 winners on the afternoon, raced out to a set and a break lead only to watch the Czech rally and she held two set points at 6-5, but the world number saved those to force a tiebreaker, which she dominated for her fourth win in seven career meetings against Pliskova.

The remaining top seeds in the women's draw, which was already missing six of the top 10 ranked players heading into the major tournament, are No. 2 Sofia Kenin, No. 3 Serena Williams and No. 4 Naomi Osaka, who won her second-round match against Italian Camila Giorgi easily Wednesday, 6-1, 6-2.

Djokovic advanced into the third round after beating Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and he later revealed that he was happy to be given the option to stay at a rented house rather than at either of the two bubble-approved hotels.

Pliskova was far fro her best as she sank to a 6-1, 7-6 defeat to Caroline Garcia on Arthur Ashe. If Djokovic wins the US Open title, it is going to be his 18th Grand Slam title.

Garcia was imperious in the first set, hitting 15 winners and hardly giving her opponent a second to think.

Pliskova had chances to take the second set against Garcia, who had been 0-8 against top-five opponents at Grand Slam tournaments.

2018 victor and women's fourth seed Naomi Osaka made light work of Italian Camila Giorgi, advancing 6-1, 6-2. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round. "I didn't play good", Pliskova said, "so that's it". The 25-year-old American captured the her first WTA title in Lexington without dropping a single set.

Mladenovic served for the match again but could not find the ingenuity that had swept her into such an imposing lead.

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"It's just great to be playing without that extra pressure I had on myself before", Pironkova said. "And I was very energized and I really wanted to go out there and give her a battle'".

The 17th seed won 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in one hour 40 minutes inside Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Pliskova's departure left Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka as the highest ranked contenders left.

Also Wednesday, Naomi Osaka, two-time Grad Slam victor and now passionate advocate for racial justice in America, returns to the court for a second-round matchup against Italy's lowly-ranked Camila Giorgi.

Shelby Rogers, an American ranked 93rd, beat 11th-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1, and Ann Li, who is ranked 128th, beat 13th-seeded Alison Riske 6-0, 6-3 in a matchup between two players from Pennsylvania.

Djokovic, who committed 34 unforced errors throughout, eventually closed the three-hour match 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

"I was sitting on the plane and I was like, 'OK, let's see what happens, '" she said. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes.



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