WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Third seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic maintained her dominance of her rivalry against American Alison Riske with a hard fought 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 victory and made the third round at the Rogers Cup WTA tournament on Wednesday.
The result extends the former world No. 1's mastery of her head-to-head against Riske to 7-1 overall, including a six match winning streak.
Pliskova clinically made her way to a 6-4, 4-1 lead, but Riske mounted a surging comeback to take the second set after winning the tiebreak. Pliskova stayed calm and doninated her opponent again in the third set 6-2 for the eventual victory.
"We always have tough matches together, so I knew it was going to be tough. She's a tough competitor. It's going to be similar today. She's fighting, she's playing good tennis from the baseline," Pliskova said after the match.
"It looked easy, I think for a set and a half, and I think I was too relaxed in the middle of the second. She just came up with some good serves, some good shots. But after I put in just a little bit of energy, I went with good shots and good serves and it was much better in the third set."
"I've been practicing three weeks on hard court, but the match is always something different. You have more nerves, more stress," Pliskova added. Enditem