Ivanovic stunned by Czech Pliskova at U.S. Open

Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:40pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former world number one Ana Ivanovic was upset 7-5 6-4 by 42nd-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Pliskova, 22, took advantage of a slew of miscues from the eighth-seeded Serb during a windy, 80-minute match in Louis Armstrong Stadium to reach the third round for the first time in a grand slam event.

Ivanovic, 26, double-faulted seven times and committed 29 unforced errors as she had trouble handling the heavy, flat groundstrokes from the Czech.

"It's definitely my best match this year," said Pliskova, who has yet to win on the WTA Tour but twice has been a runner-up this year.

"I didn't have that much strategy. I just went and played my game. I want to enjoy myself and I did it."

Ivanovic began the year's fourth and final grand slam full of confidence after a runner-up finish in the Cincinnati tune-up event.

"It was very tough out there for me today," said Ivanovic, who has wins over Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova this season in battling back into the world top 10.

"I really struggled to find my rhythm and made way too many unforced errors. It was just really a bad day."   Continued...

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hits a return to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Adam Hunger