Pliskova defeats Dart, qualifies for Wimbledon 2nd round

London, July 2 (IANS) World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Monday defeated Harriet Dart of the United Kingdom 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1 in the first round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

Pliskova, 26, advanced to the second round of the grass-court Grand Slam event for the seventh time in her career after playing for two hours and six minutes against her wildcard opponent, ranked World No. 154, reports Efe.

Seventh-seeded Pliskova is due to take on the winner of the match between World No. 87 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and World No. 110 Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia.

Also heading to the second round is the United States’ Madison Keys, World No. 11, who beat out world No. 65 Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia 6-4, 6-2.

–IANS

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