Barty had to come from a set down in this one against the Czech Pliskova. Dominant first set from Pliskova especially on her service game. Unforced errors at the crucial time proved Ash Barty’s undoing. At the start of the second set, Barty banished all lingering doubts about her ability to win this one with an emphatic service break to love. When you come to the net, in your mind you should have one goal, to win the point. Watch the first game of the second set Barty up 0-15. The net cord sets up Pliskova to choose her spot to place the backhand volley but she shoots a nothing shot straight at Barty who punishes Pliskova with a forehand cross court.
Pliskova was’nt looking comfy at the net at all. Case in point 2-0(15-0). If Pliskova was dominant in the first, Barty was unplayable in the second. You got to give the assist to Pliskova too. Watch 5-1(40-30 break and set point). Pliskova the architect of her own downfall here. The easy overhead smashed into the net with a gapping court to aim at, good defensive tennis from Ash making the Czech work hard for the point she eventually didn’t get.
In the third set picking the play at 5-4(adv Barty) with Pliskova looking to win the match on her serve. A missed opportunity from the Czech here. The forehand down the line is one of the most difficult shots in tennis, the net will be highest at that part so generating power whilst keeping it as low as possible is a skill of CHAMPIONS. Pliskova would live to rue that missed opportunity as she went on to lose the next two games to lose to the Aussie, we are especially disappointed in her particularly at 6-5(40-30 match point). The rally looked still on so for her to miss that simple looking forehand to hand the match over will not please her coach.