“As I said two million times before, it’s very open,” Pliskova acknowledged. “I think it just depends on the mood that day, and of course the lower-ranked players are always going to try to play the best tennis — which they do. They have nothing to lose.”
Sixth-seeded Belinda Bencic took the hardest loss of all of the high-ranked players, drubbed 6-0, 6-1 by the 28th-seeded Anett Kontaveit in merely 49 minutes. Kontaveit, an aggressive Estonian, began the match collaborating in nearly untouchable tennis, hitting 15 winners and easily two unforced errors as she swept the first 9 video games of the match and left Bencic helpless.
“I was also thinking about this after the match: Is it worse to lose 7-6 in the third or 6-0, 6-1?” Bencic acknowledged. “I’m not sure. It’s like you never had a chance to win the match, kind of. When you lose 7-6 it’s a little bit more — how you say — bitter, because you had a chance.”
In the night-time session, fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was routed 6-1, 6-2 by unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza, in opposition to whom she was 6-2 beforehand.
Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam winner ranked 32nd after a two-year droop, narrowly missed being seeded, nonetheless, began her occasion inauspiciously, struggling with illness and dropping the first set of her opening spherical 6-0 to Shelby Rogers sooner than rallying for an 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory.
“Even if you’re not feeling great, there’s always a chance there,” Muguruza acknowledged on Saturday. “You just have to find your way. I’m pleased with my fighting spirit and accepting many situations that are not on your side sometimes.”
The six losses left solely top-seeded Ash Barty, fourth-seeded Simona Halep, seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova, and ninth-seeded Kiki Bertens standing as the occasion strikes into its second week.