Karolina Pliskova has continued her unbeaten start to 2019 with a commanding first-round Australian Open win at Melbourne Park.
The seventh seed had too many guns for fellow Czech Karolina Muchova, ending the qualifier’s run in 69 minutes with a 6-3 6-2 victory on Tuesday.
Pliskova pulled out of last week’s Sydney International after winning her season-opening event in Brisbane and reaped the rewards with a polished start to her Open campaign.
In addition to five aces, Pliskova clubbed 21 winners to book a meeting on Thursday with either American Madison Brengle or Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi.
“I was hitting great even in the warm up. I think it’s a good start,” said the 2016 US Open runner-up and former Melbourne Park junior girls’ champion after claiming her sixth win of the year in Australia.
“I feel happy here. I don’t know why. I always love playing here.”
Another former Flushing Meadows finalist also progressed on Tuesday, with American 17th seed Madison Keys taking out young Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava 6-2 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
It was Keys’ first match of 2019.
“I was having issues with my knee towards the end of last year and I ran out of time (to play any lead-up tournaments),” she said.
“Mostly I’m just happy that I did most things pretty well.”
Keys will play either Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier or Russian Anastasia Potapova for a place in the third round.