Kristyna Pliskova breaks WTA Ace Record but loses to Monica Puig in Melbourne
Kristyna Pliskova, the twin sister of Karolina Pliskova, broke WTA Ace Record in her second-round defeat against Monica Puig on day three of the Australian Open, but it was not enough to beat Monica Puig who won a hard-fought match in three sets with 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 9-7 after Pliskova squandered match points.
Pliskova set the new record of aces in a WTA match breaking Sabine Lisicki’ 27 aces record broken last year in Birmingham in her 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win over Belinda Bencic.
Pliskova, who upset Sam Stosur in the first round, earned three consecutive match points on her serve in the tie-break of the second set but Puig saved them. Puig fended off two more match points in the third set.
“I don’t care about that right now. I wish I hit 20 aces and won the match”, said Pliskova.
Puig, who reached the final in Sydney last week, has reached the third round at Melbourne Park for the first time, and for the first time since 2013 at a Grand Slam tournament. Puig will take on Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round.
“At one point I just had to laugh during the changeover because it was so unbelievable. I just tried to stay as positive as possible, even though it was difficult at times. You get upset. She fires another ace and you are just like. I just tried to stay relaxed in those important moments”, said Puig.