Karolína Pliskova’s power hitting dominated the marquee first match at Rod Laver Arena, the No.2 seed blasting through Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 7-5.
“I think it was [a] very tough first round, but good test to start with such a tough opponent,” Pliskova said after her victory over the world No.41.
The languid Czech with the easy power and wolf-grey eyes has her sights set on a breakthrough Grand Slam, hoping to shed the unwanted tag of the best player without a major title. She made a ferocious start on Tuesday.
Pliskova sprang to 2-0 without dropping a point, wiped two break point chances to hold for 3-0 and by the time she secured a double break for 4-0 there were signs of panic from the Frenchwoman, whose parents and brother were nervous spectators.