The world No.87 Magdalena Rybarikova came into this match on scorching form, having won 14 of her 15 matches on grass this summer. The 28-year-old Slovakian forced her way back from a set and a break down to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes. She will face the world No.35 Lesia Tsurenko for a place in the second week.
Rybarikova’s performance was all the more remarkable given that just four months ago, in mid-March, she was ranked 453 having been forced off the tour for six months as a result of surgeries to her right knee and left hand (she plays right-handed).
Having been ranked as high as 31 back in 2013, she had no expectation of re-entering the top 100 this year, but with the advent of the grass court season she won Challengers at Surbiton and Ilkley, and made the semi-finals at Nottingham.
I played one bad game overall in second set, and otherwise I don’t think I did something wrong
“For me the tournament is over. I’m not going to pray for someone losing or winning. I’m just going to take off and wait. I have a lot of time to prepare till my next tournament in Toronto. I will make sure I prepare well, but for me now it's vacation time.”
Navratilova has remarked how puzzling it is that Pliskova has made so little impact on grass before this year. But observers have likened the No.3 seed’s game to two-time Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport’s, and as of this year she has been coached by David Kotyza, who steered Petra Kvitova to two Wimbledon crowns.
World Number 1 Angelique Kerber made heavy work of her second round match against Kirsten Flipkens, Flipkens pushed her to the limit in the touch two set match but couldn't keep the consistency alive and Kerber etched away.