Wimbledon - Off for Pliskova - Sport
It has been the match of the day on the third largest court. But it also meant the end for the world ranking third Karolina Pliskova. For the 15-year-old American Cori Gauff the tournament is also finished in the second round.
A small controversy erupted at Wimbledon at the start of the second week of the tournament: it concerned the alleged preference of male professionals in the round of sixteen round of sixteen on center court. Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who dominated the program on the biggest stage with a clear victory over the Portuguese Joao Sousa was allowed to open (6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 2), made it clear that such "polemic" was contrary to him. He explained his privilege by pointing out that he is the world number two and an 18-time Gand Slam winner.
The match of the day took place in any case on the third largest court: There were in front of 4,000 spectators Karolina Pliskova, the number three in the ranking, and Karolina Muchova, number 62, a tennis thriller. Three hours and 17 minutes lasted the duel. The favorite Pliskova, 27, won the first set 6: 4, lost the second 5: 7. Then the Czech rivals drifted across the square before Muchova won the third set 13:11. The 22-year-old, who had first reached the main draw at Wimbledon, took advantage of the match ball to hit the edge of the net and then leap over the net, unreachable for Pliskova.
For Cori Gauff, the 15-year-old talent from Florida, the Wimbledon adventure also ended: they had to play for the first time against a player from the top ten and defeated the former world number one starter Simona Halep from Romania 3: 6, 3: 6. She had learned a lot, she said - "among other things, playing in front of a giant backdrop". Defending champion Novak Djokovic (6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 3 against Frenchman Ugo Humbert) and Roger Federer (6: 1, 6: 2, 6: 2 against Matteo Berrettini from Italy) advanced without controversy to the quarter-finals.