Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates her victory against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during their women's singles third round match on day six of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST /
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Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova survived a huge scare Saturday, scrambling into the Australian Open fourth round after battling from a set down in a marathon match.The Czech, who had dropped only four games in her opening two matches, needed 2hrs 5mins to get past fast-rising Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko 4-6, 6-0, 10-8 in a seesawing encounter.Pliskova hit straight back but the towering Czech couldn't keep the momentum going and Ostapenko, against all the odds, took the set.It was a different Pliskova in the second set as she refocused and readjusted her game, finding her range on her booming forehand to race through it to love, full of confidence.
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