Australian Open 2021 - Karolina Pliskova overcomes error-prone Danielle Collins to reach third round
Karolina Pliskova is into the third round. The 2021 Australian Open is live on Eurosport. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk. You can download the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now. The opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne runs from February 8 until February 21.
Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic smiles during the post match interview following her Women's Singles second round match win against Danielle Collins of the United States of America during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
After squandering a set point, Pliskova made the same error again to make it 5-5, but in the eleventh game the Czech player broke for the third time before serving out the set.
Into the second and Collins quickly went a break up in set two as Pliskova fired a forehand wide, but the 28-year-old, who had not registered consecutive wins in eight of her last nine tournaments, broke back straight away with a love game.
With Collins growing increasingly frustrated with her large number of unforced errors - 26 in total - Pliskova broke ahead in the fifth game before quickly rattling off another three games.
PLISKOVA: MUCHOVA A TOUGH TIE
'A really tough match' - Pliskova after battling past Collins
"I'm super happy to be through," she said post-match.
"Especially to play on this court. I have amazing memories from this court. A couple of years here I've played some incredible matches. I don't think it was amazing tennis today but I'm happy to be through.
"I was a little bit nervous we played last week [Collins won 7-6 7-6 at Yarra Valley] and it was a really tough match.
"It was a bit tricky in the beginning but I am just happy that I got through.
"I played Muchova two years ago. She's a newcomer but I think she played incredible last year.
"She had a great season and we practiced two weeks in the quarantine here together so I know her very well. She knows me so it's going to be a very open and tough match."