No. 2 Karolina Pliskova rolls in Miami Open

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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic earned a straight-sets win in less than an hour over American Madison Brengle to move into the third round of the Miami Open, 6-1, 6-3, on Thursday.

Pliskova, who lost in the opening match in last year's tournament, was motivated to avoid a repeat.


"I just want to change this," she said. "I know I struggle after I do a good result in one tournament and then coming to a different tournament after.

"I think I'm in good shape this year, so hopefully I can change it in this tournament."

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Pliskova finished with 27 winners and 30 unforced errors to Brengle's six and 24.

"The last few matches it's not really about my serve because the percentage is a little low, but I'm happy that I have my game from the baseline," Pliskova said. "I was feeling the ball pretty well today.

"It was a tough one today against an American, she has the home crowd supporting here. So I'm just happy to be through."

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Fourth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia also advanced easily, 6-3, 6-2 over Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay.


"I just stayed aggressive," Cibulkova said. "It was my first match here, so it was pretty hot and it wasn't easy conditions. But I made it through. I'd never played her before, so that's always a new experience. I'm glad I got the job done."

Fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Qiang Wang of China 7-6 (3), 6-1

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"I had chances to take the first set earlier but it didn't end up the way I wanted," Radwanska told WTA Insider after the match. "I think the most important part of the first set was that tiebreak, which I played very well, very aggressive. I that was the key in the match."

In a group of upsets Thursday, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands topped ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine 7-5, 6-4; Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium beat 29th seed Ana Konjuh of Croatia 7-6 (4), 6-7 (8), 6-2; Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova upset 18th-seeded American Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; and Czech Lucie Safarova topped 23rd-seeded Aussie Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2.

Also Thursday, 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia beat Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (2); 17th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-0; 12th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki topped American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2; 30th seed Shuai Zhang of China beat Italian Sara Errani 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; and 27th-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan defeated Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-4, 6-4.


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