Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up, constructed up a 5-1 lead in the primary set earlier than her 19-12 months-outdated opponent settled her nerves, and hit 10 winners in the set in comparison with two from McNally, earlier than breaking the American’s serve twice early in the second.
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McNally, who made it to the third round at Flushing Meadows a 12 months in the past, bounced again to stage the rating at 3-3, with the gang in Louis Armstrong Stadium cheering her on, however couldn’t match Pliskova’s energy because the Czech closed out the match with a pair of aces.
“I started really well then lost my focus a little bit at the end of the first set,” stated Pliskova, who misplaced to world primary Ash Barty in the Wimbledon ultimate earlier this 12 months.
“She played (at) a really good level,” she added. “She has a good future.”
Pliskova stated she was happy to maintain the match to 2 units as a number of high contenders, together with twice champion Naomi Osaka and world primary Barty, stood between her and a Grand Slam title.
She faces both Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan or American Amanda Anisimova in the second round.