Second seed Pliskova bows out of French Open

Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova, the second seed at Roland Garros, has been knocked out in the third round 6-3 6-3 by Croatia's Petra Martic.

The No.31 seed is guaranteed an unseeded foe to reach her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, as she will next face five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi, or Russian Veronika Kudermetova, who conquered Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.

Martic has now won 14 matches on clay this season, more than any other player on the WTA Tour.

Pliskova entered the tournament with a seven-match winning streak, which included the Italian Open title, but she couldn't keep up with Martic on the long rallies on Court Philippe Chatrier, often bending over in exhaustion after extended points.

Pliskova conceded 28 unforced errors, double that of her Croatian opponent, and also lagged behind in points won on first and second serves.

French player Benoît Paire reached the fourth round in Paris for the first time when Pablo Carreño Busta retired from their match with a right thigh injury.

Pliskova is the fourth world top 10 player to leave the French Open in the early rounds this year.

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Martic said after the match that she tried to dominate Pliskova and mostly the tactic worked. It's her biggest career win in terms of ranking, but Martic has more on her mind.

Her serve not working the way it usually does, the 2017 Roland Garros semifinalist was broken to 15. Saving three break points, the Croat finally arrived at match point on the tenth point and fired an ace to close out the biggest win of her career.

The opening set offered a festival of breaks, with eight in nine service games, five from Muguruza who finally held in the eighth game to stop the bad streak for the servers and move 5-3 up, securing the set after another break in game nine.

The 2019 Roland Garros, or the French Open, is the second Grand Slam tournament this year with 42.66 million euros ($47.5 million) in prize money up for grabs and it runs between May 26 and June 9.

The tall Muguruza made her intentions clear from the start, planting herself on the baseline and blazing away with her baseline power-game that Svitolina struggled to contain. I'm just happy that I managed to hold my nerves and to finish it off.

Serving for the match, Sevastova delivered a hold at love to complete a flawless comeback in one of the most exciting matches of the tournament so far. Obviously, she's playing well this year, especially on clay. "Thanks to her, because without her we wouldn't play this match".

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