Kája Wins First Match in Rome, Allows Only Six Games to Tomljanovic
Karolína entered the Internazionali BNL d´Italia tournament in Rome successfully, beating the Australian Alja Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-3 in her first match.
Kája already won two head-to-head matches against Alja Tomljanovic at the WTA Tour and started off the next one well too. She went into a 4-1 lead early in the first set and although she didn’t manage to break the next Tomljanovic’s serve, during which the Australian saved five break points, Karolína won the opener easily in 37 minutes.
The second set followed a similar scenario. Kája served well and was quickly up 4-0. Then a few inaccurate rallies came, as well as a small hesitation in the sixth game, but Karolína found an answer to her opponent’s three consecutive games and led the match to a successful end.
“I think it was quite a good match, despite the tough conditions. It was really windy and cold, so I think we perhaps didn’t play the best tennis. Ajla made too many mistakes and I was more patient. I was simply a little bit better. I served well and this helped me advance to the next round too,” she said after the match.
Karolína reached the third round in Rome only for the second time in her career and will face the winner of the match between two Americans, the No. 13 seed Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin.
“The first match is always tough, plus I’ve never achieved any good results here in Rome. So, it’s fine I’m through,” Karolína concluded.
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome, 2nd round:
Karolína Plíšková (4) – Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3, 6-3
Aces: 5-4. Double faults: 1-4. Break points: 4/14 – 1/3. Points won: 67-53. Match time: 72 minutes.