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Pliskova Races Through In Kuala Lumpur

There were wins for both Pliskova sisters at the BMW Malaysian Open on Tuesday, while elsewhere there was disappointment for Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Published April 15, 2014 12:15

Pliskova Races Through In Kuala Lumpur
Karolina Pliskova

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Karolina Pliskova began the defense of her BMW Malaysian Open title on Tuesday with a quick-fire win over Aleksandra Krunic.

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The match was one of several carried over to Tuesday following Monday's torrential rain in the Malaysian capital, but the delay did not seem to bother No.3 seed Pliskova, who needed just 56 minutes to wrap up a 62 62 victory.

"I think I played a really good match today," Pliskova said. "The courts are really fast and the new surface is really good for me. I served well and she wasn't at her best so it worked out well for me."

Pliskova got in the mood for her rain-delayed first round by watching sister Kristyna edge out Timea Babos in the battle of the big servers, 76(6) 36 64.

"I don't think the delay changed anything at all," she added. "I was watching my sister earlier and I just made sure I stayed focused. The rain's also good because it's makes it a bit cooler outside."

There were mixed fortunes for the other seeds on Pliskova's side of the draw. No.6 seed Zarina Diyas scored a straightforward 62 62 win over Eleni Daniilidou, while a calf injury forced No.5 seed Kimiko Date-Krumm to retire whilst trailing 5-3 in the opening set against Cagla Buyukakcay.

In the bottom half, No.2 seed Zhang Shuai recovered from a slow start to book her place in the second round. Zhang has struggled in the past month, collecting just one win from her three previous tournaments, and when she dropped a one-sided opening set to Zheng Saisai another disappointment looked on the cards.

However, the World No.45 recovered impressively, with early breaks in the second and third sets sending her on her way to a 26 62 62 victory.

No.7 seed Donna Vekic was also made to work hard, battling back from a set and a break down to defeat Chan Yung-Jan, 36 64 61, while No.4 seed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner eventually saw off the spirited resistance of qualifier Eri Hozumi, 64 26 63.

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