Caty McNally loss to Karolina Pliskova

Michael J. Lewis

NEW YORK – The Grand Slam Tournament draw gods don’t always smile on tennis players.

Sometimes, they give gifts, like at the 2019 U.S. Open when Madeira’s Caty McNally got to play Serena Williams on Ashe Stadium and electrified the crowd in a three-set loss.

At other times, well, they give you a first-rounder against maybe the second-best hardcourt player in the world right now.

That’s what McNally was dealt at this year’s Open, where she drew No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova Tuesday.

And despite playing well for long stretches of the match, the 19-year-old came up a little short in falling 6-3, 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

“She’s obviously a great player so not an ideal draw for me,” McNally said. “But I knew I had potential to win, and I was right there in most of the games. It was really three or four big points at key times that she played great and that I’d like to have back.”

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