2019 French Open: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova Falls in the Third Round

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PARIS — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova was eliminated from the French Open with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Petra Martic in the third round Friday.

The result ensures that Naomi Osaka will hold onto the No. 1 ranking after the tournament.

Pliskova entered the tournament with a seven-match winning streak, which included the Italian Open title, but she couldn’t keep up with Martic on the long rallies on Philippe Chatrier Court, often bending over in exhaustion after extended points.

It was Martic’s tour-best 14th win on clay this season. She has not dropped a set in her opening three matches in Paris.

Martic, a 28-year-old Croatian, said after the match: “I’m shaking right now, so many emotions in me.”

Madison Keys, a semifinalist last year, beat Priscilla Hon of Australia, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, in a second-round match carried over from Thursday, and 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova eliminated 28th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time after last year’s United States Open.



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