Top-seeded Pliskova reaches 2nd round of Prague Open
PRAGUE (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic overcame a slow start, cold and rain to defeat Annika Beck of Germany in the first round of the Prague Open on Tuesday.
The 14th-ranked Pliskova came back to defeat her 80th-ranked opponent 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 for her fourth victory over the German in five meetings.
The match was held up by more than three hours because of rain and was later suspended due to rain with Beck leading 2-1 in the final set.
In the second round, Pliskova will face Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, who beat Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova 7-5, 6-1.
Qualifier Ana Konjuh of Croatia upset seventh-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3).