STRASBOURG, France - Kristyna Pliskova recovered from a tough first round win less than 24 hours ago to dispatch Olympic Gold medalist Monica Puig, 6-2, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals at the Internationaux de Strasbourg.
"It's my first quarterfinal here, and I don't even know who I play!" she joked after the match.
Pliskova has long excelled on quicker surfaces, reaching the third round at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, but has begun coming into her own on clay, powering into her second WTA final at the J&T Banka Prague Open three weeks ago.
She and Puig last played at the 2016 Australian Open, where the Czech youngster struck a record 31 aces in a heartbreaking three-set loss.
"I remember the match. It was a big one, and I had a few match point. I expected a tough match today because she's a good player. She's, like, shooting the ball, playing so fast. It was a bit windy today, so it wasn't easy at all. But I'm happy it was in two sets."
Karolina's twin sister didn't break any records today, but nonetheless played a pretty clean match, striking 13 aces and hitting 22 winners to 25 unforced errors, and saving all seven break points she faced.
Up next, she plays either Magda Linette or defending champion and No.5 seed, Caroline Garcia.
"Whenever I want to play someone, they end up losing, so I don't know who I prefer. I'll watch some of the match before I play doubles."