first_img Next French Open: Petra Martic knocks out 2nd seed Karolina PliskovaEarlier, Karolina Pliskova had cruised into the third round of the French Open with victory over Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova. Pliskova has won thirteen singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:03 IST Karolina Pliskova reacts during her third round match against Petra Martic. (Reuters Photo)Karolina Pliskova’s quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open came to an end on Friday as the second seed lost 6-3 6-3 to Croatia’s Petra Martic.The powerful Czech struggled throughout to find the range on her feared serve and forehand as 31st seed Martic matched her best performance by reaching the last 16.Martic broke in the seventh game and then again two games later as Pliskova hit a backhand long to drop the opener.A lacklustre Pliskova then dropped serve again at the start of the second set before hitting back with a flurry of winners to break her 28-year-old opponent twice in a row.The fightback did not last though and Matic regained control with two more breaks before serving it out at 5-3.Martic will play an unseeded player next, either Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi or Russian Veronika Kudermetova.There was better news for Pliskova’s fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova as the 19-year-old reached the last 16 with a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Spanish 28th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.Also Read | French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia KeninAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Karolina PliskovaFollow Petra Marticlast_img read more