Pliskova eases past Barty into US Open quarter-finals

New York (AFP) –


Eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova reached the US Open quarter-finals for a third straight year on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty.

The Czech, who won her 10th career title at Stuttgart this year, advanced to a possible quarter-final clash with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.

The US superstar was taking on unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi later Sunday.

One break of serve in each set was enough for Pliskova, whose runner-up finish to Angelique Kerber in 2016 remains her best Grand Slam performance.

She denied 18th-seeded Barty a first major quarter-final appearance.