Plíšková downs Barty to reach US Open quarters

Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the US Open quarterfinals. (Reuters pic)

NEW YORK: Eighth seed Karolína Plíšková fended off eight break points as she overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to reach the US Open quarterfinals on Sunday.

While the Czech converted both of her break point opportunities, 18th seed Barty was left frustrated time and again as she failed to capitalise on her chances.

Plíšková, who was a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2016, committed 20 unforced errors to Barty’s 30, and closed out the match when her opponent smacked the ball into the net.

“It was very tough even though the score looks easy,” Plíšková said in an on-court interview. “I’m very happy to be through.”

She added to reporters later: “I didn’t have that many chances because of her game.”

“I didn’t really feel like I had the chance and time to be aggressive.”

“She had a lot of break points, so it could (have) gone both ways today.”

Plíšková will next face Serena Williams.

The last time the players met, Plíškovátoppled the American to reach the US Open final in 2016.

Plíšková will be hoping she can draw on that experience to secure her passage into the semis.

“I really was feeling great that year. I’m feeling great now, too. But it was a little bit different story, 2016. I was, like, dark horse. Nobody was expecting me to get that far,” Plíšková said.

“I know she has a big game, but I have a big game too. I have a good serve. So I have some weapons too. There is always a chance for me.”