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Pliskova outclasses Linette to ease into U.S. Open round two

Tennis - US Open - New York, U.S. - August 29, 2017 - Magda Linette of Poland in action against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Tennis - US Open - New York, U.S. - August 29, 2017 - Magda Linette of Poland in action against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match. REUTERS/Mike Segar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Karolina Pliskova eased into the U.S. Open second round with a no-nonsense 6-2 6-1 victory over Poland's Magda Linette as rain began to fall at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

The Czech, who will next face Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg or American qualifier Nicole Gibbs, outclassed her 72nd-ranked opponent after the roof on Arthur Ashe was closed just before the second set.

Pliskova, who reached the final here last year, broke twice in the opening set to take a commanding lead with a fine backhand passing shot as Linette struggled on serve.

After fighting off six break points in the fifth game of the second set, Pliskova rolled on to prevail on her first match point with a second-serve ace.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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