Karolina Pliskova reflects on beating Bianca Andreescu in Berlin thriller



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Karolina Pliskova reflects on beating Bianca Andreescu in Berlin thriller

World No. 7 Karolina Pliskova described Bianca Andreescu as a "super tough opponent" as she was glad that she was able to edge out the Canadian in a thriller battle. On Wednesday, fourth-seeded Pliskova edged out Andreescu 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7) to progress into the Berlin quarterfinal.

Pliskova was down by an early break in the first set, but broke Andreescu in the sixth and 10th games to overturn the deficit and win the opener. Andreescu responded well to losing the first set as she opened an early 4-0 lead, before serving out for the second set in the eighth game.

After winning the second set, Andreescu had a 5-3 lead in the third set and a chance to serve out for the match. However, Pliskova refused to quit as she broke back Andreescu in the 10th game and forced a tie-break. In the tie-break, Pliskova missed out on her first two match points, but realized her third and earned a hard-fought win.

Pliskova on beating Andreescu

"Of course Bianca is a super-tough opponent, she can really give you anything. Slices, she can play fast, she can serve really well, she can come to the net. So I think there was a little bit of everything in this match.

I'm super-proud that I was able to turn the match around, because I was losing in the third set. I thought she was a little bit better in the second and third sets, but I stayed in there and I fought and I got my chances in the end," Pliskova said, per the WTA website.

Andreescu had a 4-2 lead in the third set and two break points in the seventh game. Pliskova saved those two break points to avoid going down by a double break and she admitted that was one of the keys behind her comeback win.

Pliskova now awaits the winner of the match between French Open runner-up Cori Gauff and Xinyu Wang. Pliskova is playing in Berlin for the second time as last year she reached the round-of-16.