Pliskova sprints into US Open 3rd round

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Karolina Pliskova (Getty Images)
Karolina Pliskova (Getty Images)

New York - Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, became the first woman to qualify for the third round on a rain-hit Wednesday after making quick work of Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze.

Third seed Pliskova smacked nine aces in a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 66 minutes to maintain her push to regain the world number one ranking.

The 27-year-old needs to reach at least the quarter-finals in New York to stand a chance of usurping reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka at the top.

US Open results on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

2nd round

Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Borna Coric (CRO x12) walkover

Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Women

2nd round

Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Venus Williams (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3) bt Mariam Bolkvadze (GEO) 6-1, 6-4

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