Last year, Pliskova made a run to the Indian Wells semifinals and crashed out of Miami in her opening match. The Czech admitted at All-Access Hour that her biggest goal was to avoid the same fate again.
"I had this last year as well - I did semis last year and then I lost in first round here," she said. "So I just want to change this. I know I struggle after I do a good result in one tournament and then coming to a different tournament after.
"I think I'm in good shape this year, so hopefully I can change it in this tournament, to not lose in the first round."
With her first serve percentage dipping to 46%, Pliskova relied on her booming groundstrokes and strong returning to ensure that she'd fight another day. She bossed the rallies against the American, quickly breaking twice to reel off six straight games and take the opening set and a break to lead in the second.
Brengle put up a better fight in the second set as she attacked the Pliskova serve and earned herself her first break of the match, but Pliskova quickly reestablished the lead in the next game. They stayed on serve for the rest of the set with just a break separating the two players, and Brengle was unable to bring up a second break opportunity as Pliskova took the victory in just 59 minutes.
Pliskova dictated the rallies from start to finish, and it showed in the stats: she finished the match with 27 winners and 30 unforced errors to Brengle's six winners and 24 unforced errors. She took five of the eight break opportunities she created, while the American was only able to convert one of two.
"The last few matches it's not really about my serve because the percentage is a little low, but I'm happy that I have my game from the baseline," Pliskova said after the match. "I was feeling the ball pretty well today.
"It was a tough one today against an American, she has the home crowd supporting here. So I'm just happy to be through."