World No 3 Karolina Pliskova’s wait for a Major title goes on as she crashes out of US Open after Caroline Garcia stages a big upset with straight sets victory to advance to the third round
- Karolina Pliskova failed to get past Caroline Garcia in the US Open second round
- The world No 3 suffered a shock straight sets defeat against the Frenchwoman
- Only three of the world top ten female players are now left in the tournament
The women’s US Open draw was prised open further on Wednesday night when top seed Karolina Pliskova was ousted from what is already a depleted field.
Only three of the top ten were left when she was beaten 6-1 7-6 (7-2) by France’s Caroline Garcia, maintaining the Czech’s status as the best player not to have won a Major title.
Six of the world’s top 10 players were already absent from the behind-closed-doors tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Open lost another top 10 women’s player after Karolina Pliskova crashed out
The Czech’s wait for a Major title goes on as she was defeated 6-1 7-6 (7-2) by Caroline Garcia
The big-serving Pliskova, world No 3, would surely have fancied her chances of breaking her duck this year on speeded-up courts at Flushing Meadows.
Pliskova’s departure left Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka as the highest ranked contenders left.
Garcia, who has won seven tour titles said after the match: ‘I knew I had to go for it and believe. I stayed calm and got over the line.’
She will face No 28 seed Jennifer Brady next in the third round following her upset victory over Pliskova.
Garcia advances to face Jennifer Brady in the third round after Wednesday’s shock victory