The women’s draw continues to open up at Flushing Meadows as top seed Karolina Pliskova and tenth seed Garbine Muguruza have slipped up in New York.
I said in my preview piece for the tournament that as the top seed but a top seed without a top ten win at a Grand Slam since 2016 there was going to be greater pressure on Pliskova. Pliskova who after her match did not seem too pleased in press as you would expect but said being the top seed added “zero pressure” and did not contribute to her loss against Caroline Garcia.
I do think there is still a lot of room for improvement for Pliskova, she has been a consistent top ten ranking player for almost 200 weeks but I wouldn’t say there has been a top ten players consistency and will be interesting to see how she gets on in Rome, Strasbourg and Roland Garros which she has confirmed is her plan going forward.
First thing on Thursday following Pliskova’s exit on Wednesday was a defeat for Garbine Muguruza.
The Spaniard was runner-up at the Australian Open at the beginning of the season but hadn’t been in action until coming to the states.
Muguruza’s early season form had her in the contender bracket but it goes down as a missed opportunity for the Spaniard who fell to Pironkova who isn’t a stranger to causing an upset.
It is a shame for Muguruza but her focus will now shift to Roland Garros with her coach Conchita Martinez and plan her clay court schedule where Muguruza was a champion a few years back.