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Pliskova lives up to favorite tag

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Caroline Wozniacki  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Caroline Wozniacki (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Caroline Wozniacki overcame a second-set wobble to book her spot in the Wimbledon second round on Tuesday.

The Danish fifth seed beat Hungary’s world number 42 Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in an hour and 42 minutes on Centre Court.

The former world number one will play either Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova or Italy’s Sara Errani in the round of 64.

“I just kept fighting for every point. I was down a break early in both sets. Somehow I managed to pull it out,” Wozniacki said.

“I feel like I’m in good shape but the first round is always tricky. She definitely gave me a lot of competition.”

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam where Wozniacki has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals.

Karolina Pliskova  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Karolina Pliskova (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Pliskova lives up to favorite tag

Karolina Pliskova underlined why she is the bookmakers’ favorite to win Wimbledon as the world number three crushed Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-4 in the first round.

With defending champion Serena Williams sidelined due to the impending birth of her first child, there is a power vacuum at the top of women’s tennis and Pliskova could be poised to fill it.

The 25-year-old Czech emerged as a potential star when she reached the US Open final last year and she has followed up on that breakthrough by making the French Open semi-finals last month.

Hoping to reach the Wimbledon third round for the first time, Pliskova will face Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in the last 64. (Agence France-Presse)

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