The 94th World No., Czech Kristina Pliskova, lost to Romanian Monica Niculescu, who is in the 99th position in the WTA ranking, with a score of 7/6 (2), 3/6, 4/6 in the second round of the tournament in Auckland, in three sets. The match lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes. During this time, the 26-year-old Pliskova performed seven aces, twice made a mistake when serving and sold three break points, and the 31-year-old Nikulescu filed through once, made one double mistake and made six breaks. Previously, the score in personal meetings was 1: 1. In the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic competition, Niculescu will fight with Chinese woman Yafan Wang.